Mobile and video games are becoming more popular than ever, resulting in users being exposed to potential health risks associated with gaming. The more obvious consequences of incognizance of surroundings while occupied with mobile games include accidental collisions, crashes, falls, theft, and more. Additionally, there are a number of long term health consequences that can result from excessive playing of video games.
First, one’s posture when playing a game on an electronic device is usually bent forward, which results in neck strains and a hunched back. Prolonged sustainment of such a posture can lead to curvature of the neck and spine, blood vessel and nerve constriction, and slower metabolism. Studies from San Francisco State University and Harvard also revealed that slouching deepens depression and correlates with low self confidence and high levels of stress.
Finger and hand muscles are also strained as one continuously taps at a screen, presses a controller’s buttons, and twists a joystick around. Of course, the amount of force one exerts is what results in such discomfort and musculoskeletal disorders more than the act of playing a game.
Constant exposure to the bright display of electronic devices can strain the eyes, which increases the risk of affliction of myopia, crossed eyes, and more. Difficulty falling asleep has also been associated with the use of electronics before bed.
Chronic usage of gaming devices can also result in addiction, as well as disencouragement of physical activity. Children are more prone to childhood obesity, which increases risks of numerous cardiovascular diseases and cancer, as they find indoor games more enjoyable than physical and social activity outdoors.
If games are not enjoyed with caution and breaks, the general population of the future may suffer from poor eyesight, numerous diseases, and inept social skills.