Whoever said that gamers are slackers, couch potatoes, and are not fit at all? Whoever said that probably didn’t know what he was talking about. According to an article in Live Science, gamers who are beyond their teen years are actually healthy and fit!
Players scored well on physical health compared to the rest of the nation. They reported exercising vigorously once or twice a week, as opposed to 62 percent of American adults who don’t exercise for more than 10 minutes at any time.
Players were also 10 percent leaner than the average American, according to their height and weight reports. Williams and his colleagues used the same self-report questions used in common national health surveys.
I like this study, I really do. This study totally debunks the popular misconception that gamers do not get off their butts to actually do some physical activities. However, I have to be totally objective here ““ the study was based on the answers of the gamers. Who is to say that the respondents may not have tweaked their answers a bit? I hope not!
Anyway, looking at the other side of the coin, the results with regard to mental health is not that good. The study found out that the respondents were 50 percent more likely to suffer from mental health problems. These problems include depression and addiction. It is not the end of the world, though. The truth is that the study did not take into account whether the respondents were prone to mental problems in the first place or they were induced by gaming.