Researchers have created a visual representation of what a gaming addict might look in 20 years - and it’s horrific.
The model, which is named Michael, was created by OnlineCasino.ca to show what the future gamer might look like if they didn’t change their lifestyle habits.
Michael is obese due to increased food intake and lack of exercise, has bloodshot eyes as a result of staring at a monitor and a hunched back, caused by poor posture.
Other problems that he has incurred include an indent in his skull (from pressure and over-use of headphones), eczema caused by stress, swollen ankles (from lack of movement) and blisters on his fingertips (from excessive use of controller or keyboard).
OnlineCasino.ca’s attempts to highlight the issue of gaming addiction are, quite frankly, terrifying.
Video game addiction is now recognised as an official psychological disorder by the World Health Organization and referred to as ‘gaming disorder’.
It’s defined as: “Impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
And the effects of gaming disorder haven’t been laid out so clearly until now.
Michael has varicose veins, rounded shoulders, hairy ears and bald patches.
Researches have given avid gamers five tips on how to stay fit and healthy.
Get up, stretch and exercise to keep joints lubricated and tackle obesity.
2. Prevent eye strain
Ensure your gaming room has even lighting and rest your eyes by taking breaks in between games
3. Healthy diet
Eat a balanced diet to maintain health and improve your gaming performance by helping decision making and concentration.
Sit properly and stretch to avoid aches, pains and poor posture. Investing in a decent chair will help.
Drink plenty of water to maintain energy levels.
- MW2 campaign remastered has arrived
- Nintendo plan remasters for Super Mario classics
- Remembering the iconic FIFA Street