Friday, December 24, 2010

The avergage gamer is 35, overweight, and depressed

In a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, researchers found that the average video gamer is 35, overweight, and depressed. The study included 552 subjects from the Seattle-Tacoma area. Female video gamers reported a greater incidents of depression and overall lower health status than women who did not play video games.

Digital self medication? One interpretation of the findings is that women are using video games to medicate problems with their relationships, jobs, children. Researchers concluded that habitual use of video games  as a coping response may provide a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video gaming and addiction.

This article was posted on 8/18/09 by Susanne Choney.

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