Science Says Gamers are Fat, Depressed Losers

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Science Says Gamers are Fat, Depressed Losers

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New research by the Centers for Disease Control has found that gamers are depressed, socially-stunted fatties who aren't actually playing games at all but are instead caught up in "imitation play-like activities."

The study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Andrews University examined 500 adults aged 19-90, looking at health risks, media use and demographic factors. Respondents classified themselves as either "players" or "non-players," and also provided "self-assessments of depression, personality, health status, physical and mental health, body mass index (BMI), and poor quality of life." An examination of their weekly media usage, including internet, television and, among the 45.1 percent who reported playing them, videogames, was then conducted.

Shockingly, the study found "measurable correlations between videogame playing and health risks." Female gamers reported greater depression and lower health status than female non-players, while males reported higher body mass index and internet usage than male non-gamers. Both men and women also reported a greater reliance on the internet for "social support" than non-gamers.

"Health-risk factors, specifically, a higher BMI and a greater number of poor mental-health days differentiated adult video-game players from non-players," said Dr. James B. Weaver III of the CDC in Atlanta. "Video-game players also reported lower extroversion, consistent with research on adolescents that linked video game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status, and to mental-health concerns."

Dr. Brian Primrack of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine added his own opinion that videogames are sufficiently different from "original forms of play" that they're better defined as "play-like activities."

"The differences between today's 'play-like activities' and original forms of play may illuminate some of the observed health-related correlates discovered," he said. "How do we simultaneously help the public steer away from imitation play-like activities, harness the potentially positive aspects of video games, and keep in perspective the overall place of video games in our society?"

"There are massive, powerful industries promoting many play-like activities. And industry giants that can afford to will successfully tout the potential benefits of health-related products they develop," he continued. "But who will be left to remind us that for children and adults alike, hide-and-seek and freeze tag are still probably what we need most?"

Source: The Telegraph, via GamePolitics

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Did they really need science to come to this conclusion?

Thank you scientists.. I guess.. I'll just go back to my life as a none depressed skinny person that still plays games.

Edit: Or well to be honest, I USED to be depressed, I turned to gaming and meet hope for humanity on the internet(As in I found people who wern't complete idiots while still not being girls, not that there's anything wrong about them but I was like 10-12 xD) and now I'm happy.

Irridium:
Did they really need science to come to this conclusion?

Hey, I'm sure someone paid a lot for these conclusions. I remember a few years ago the my state government funded a study that concluded "fat children are more likely to be bullied". I'm personally glad they are clearing this stuff up, answering lifes rhetoric questions.

I'd be more inclined to say that some people play video games because they're depressed - they're not depressed because they play video games. (Despite the health factor there.) For many, vidjma games are a method of escapism. Not that I need to tell anyone here that. (lulz)

Malygris:
"How do we simultaneously help the public steer away from imitation play-like activities, harness the potentially positive aspects of video games, and keep in perspective the overall place of video games in our society?"

Well, at least that's refreshing. It's usually an instant condemnation of "dem dern vidjma garms!"

I'd like to disagree but as a fat, depressed loner I really can't.

Hmm let me check, nope not fat, nope perfectly happy. I guess i'm not a gamer then.

Just a few flaws I discovered quickly:

Respondents classified themselves as either "players" or "non-players," and also provided "self-assessments of depression, personality, health status, physical and mental health, body mass index (BMI), and poor quality of life."

It's self-assessed, that means that their opinion is affected by their current mood, level of awareness, energy, and current situation.

If you asked me on my mental well-being after spending time with a group of friends having a laugh then it would be considerably different than the day when I feel depressed because things are not how I want them to be.

while males reported higher body mass index

Health-risk factors, specifically, a higher BMI

BMI means very little. Body fat percentage is what matters for healthiness.

I have a friend who is a couple of inches taller than me but almost twice the weight. Is he fat? No, he spends 5 days a week in the gym and goes through an insane amount of protein a day.

You measure a Rugby/American Football players BMI and he will be told he is overweight as BMI does not account for muscle.

Go on gaming forums and you get lots of miserable persecuted people complaining that games that make them think or learn new skills to win are terrible. I'm glad that science has noticed this problem and is thinking of ways to help. I recommend experimental chemical compounds in the water supply.

Rigs83:
I'd like to disagree but as a fat, depressed loner I really can't.

Pretty much the same boat for me, heh. Though I'm getting less fat as I control my diet and exercise more.

*Yawn* This is so interesting.
Seriously, who cares? This is about the 5001th of these studies in the years since gaming began to emerge. It's getting old, and definitely isn't worth starting a thread over.

I played wow for way too long to be even remotely supprised by this. I doubt there will be anyone overly shocked by this. The biggest seperation that they didn't make was the hourly breakdown for the gamer group obviously that can make a large differance.

Well I'll just go play some more video games because I'm happy and seriously underweight. I don't know how living a relatively sedentary life style keeps me so thin (other than metabolism).
But don't people think of gamers as more heavy set people anyway?

Well I work out, talk to strangers for a living, am married and very happy. I should stop playing video games and cancel my internet.

Irridium:
Did they really need science to come to this conclusion?

Kind of what I was thinking to be honest, but not entirely accurate. If they are trying to say "sitting around all day playing games makes you fat compared to people who go outside most of the time" I guess the response there is "and in other news, Bobby Kotick is the devil".

I go to the gym five times a week, out every friday or saturday, and play American Football, and I abuse games. And I know I'm not in the minority...

Well, it's pretty obvious that anybody that spends more of their time indoors with a video game is more likely to be less socially adept and probrably more out of shape as well. Common sense isn't so common it seems.

More Fun To Compute:
Go on gaming forums and you get lots of miserable persecuted people complaining that games that make them think or learn new skills to win are terrible. I'm glad that science has noticed this problem and is thinking of ways to help. I recommend experimental chemical compounds in the water supply.

I second that motion. I see no other possible outcome.

Well it's kinda true. I'm not depressed but I'm not as healthy as a girl my age should be. I don't play sports but I do have friends XD

Studies like this should be taken with a pinch of salt

In other news scientists find out that Pope is Catholic.........

Still no cure for cancer.

What are the chances that a few months down the line it'll turn out the people conducting it are actually anti-games or w/e (like most of them are) and haven't conducted a non-biased experiment.

Having said there does seem to be a lot of gamers who are overweight and socially backwards (ie. can't talk to other people unless on msn, etc.).

And yes I did just contradict myself. Sort of.

How dare they insult us like that! I'll kick their collective asses... if I can be bothered to leave the house. Ah, screw it. They'd probably beat me anyway...

I can't help but think this research is somehow advocating LARPing.

ThePirateMan:
Thank you scientists.. I guess.. I'll just go back to my life as a none depressed skinny person that still plays games.

Same here. I guess I'm not an average sized tall guy who enjoys hiking and climbing as well as gaming after all, I'm some fat dude who eats pizza and stays shut up in his room all this time (not that there's anything wrong with pizza). I've lived my life completely the wrong way for all these years. I'd better change my lifestyle so these guys are right, thanks for warning us.

Where the hell did they get their data from anyway? WoW Anonymous?

Disclaimer: The use of WoW as an example in this post was based around the stereotype uninformed idiots have about WoW players and gamers in general. Although I do not play WoW, I am aware that those who do are not necessarily fat or lazy and may in fact be socially accepted and healthy human beings.
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Note the use of the words 'may' and 'be'.

Science said this?! Fuck science!

*heads off to church*

People with sedentary hobbies are going to be less healthy than people with active hobbies.

Millions of dollars well spent.

I'm underweight, no longer go into bouts of depression thanks to finding meaning purpose and direction in life in my senior year of high school, and my friends and I communicate primarily through the internet, so I will stick two bony middle fingers up at those researchers, and say "come and get them"(because apparently researchers are English soldiers and I am a French soldier)

AkJay:
Still no cure for cancer.

Ignorance alert.

They aren't microbiologists or molecular geneticists, they're psychiatrists and psychologists.

I'm not fat i just have a sweet hockey body

In the words of John Cavil: "Really? Ya think? Please continue stating the perfectly obvious, it fills me with confidence."

It's a frigging waste of money.

How is this shocking?

Ah bullshit I am impervious in your attempts to burn my retinas anymore.

I know I'm not the absolute picturesque of 20 year old Female health. But I'm far from miserable, or fat.
Pathetic study.

Once again the factor of 'How much' and 'What else' has been casually over looked to churn out a number to satisfy the nagging grannies and grandpas of the world. Sad.

Huzzah for scientific studies telling us the things we already knew, but scientifically! These kinds of things get published all the time because someone decides to get grant money from the government to fund an "experiment" but they just make up some results and then blow the cash on video games (probably) and hookers (most likely).

This just in! Scientists have a lot of time on their hands!

what is actually wrong is the fact that you have to be a skinny south korean to be a gamer, otherwise its bullshit to call yourself one.

In related news, Weight concious women who play games no longer feel pretty.

Isn't science great?

i mean the stuff they say is true if you are completly sucked into a game like WoW like i was and only bad things were happening but the thing the study misses is that there are different types and levels of gamers and shoving them all into the same pot is just wrong, and saying people who play are depressed is so wrong gaming is what makes me happyer i would probally be depressed without them

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