has gaming caused you any health problems

  MJS WARLORD 15:13 16 Jun 2018

This is a large posting but please take the time to read it , I would be grateful for any feedback if any of it relates to you.

I am 62 and have been a die hard gamer since 1982 when I started by using a zx81 , to cut a long story short I moved to pc gaming in 2002 , I guess you can imagine all the changes I have seen in different aspects of gaming over the past 36 years.

Anyway , to the point of my post , for legal reasons games companies put seizure warnings on boxes just to cover themselves. luckily I have never had one.

I have always said years of gaming has never affected me but I am now beginning to think otherwise. I game about 5 hours per day Monday to Friday and in between other things that need sorting out I spend most of the weekend gaming.

As games become more intense you need to be in the zone more and if I go too long a session I feel physically drained. Also , burning too much midnight oil makes me feel shattered when I get up the next morning and I still have to go to work.

I do not believe my eyesight has suffered because I have a glasses prescription midway between reading and distance use that is just right for all my pc use.

I have problems with my elbows from years of resting them on the arms of the office chair.

I am currently having problems with my hands. My fingers are all twisted and at work I cant pick up small screws without dropping them. I think years of typing have damaged the nerve ends of my fingers because on a bad day I cant grip a bag of crisps and pull them open. The first joint on 2 fingers on my right hand have large lumps of bone build up on them , again I think I must reluctantly admit this has been caused by 16 years of mouse tapping.

TIPS ..... Take regular breaks and have a little walk round the room during a gams session. Make sure you have plenty of support in a good quality office chair. I personally rest my feet on the castor base of my chair to take strain from my back. Finally , make sure you have padding on the arms of the chair , make your own even if it looks out of place.

  john bunyan 16:07 22 Jun 2018

With the greatest respect , if you spend 35 hours a week gaming , I imagine it would play havoc not only with your physical and mental health but destroy personal relationships. Do you have other sport or pastimes?

If I were a relative of yours I would be worried that you have an addiction that could harm you unless dealt with. Please forgive bluntness!

  oresome 07:39 23 Jun 2018

"A London hospital is preparing to launch the first ever NHS-funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults, the Guardian can reveal."

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click here

  MJS WARLORD 09:25 23 Jun 2018

Hi to john bunyan ... my wife dont mind me gaming a lot , despite her being in a wheelchair for over 45 years we do lots of things together such as going to concerts , holidays and dolphin watching in scotland .... at the moment i think gaming is my way of shutting out all the crap thats going on in the real world.

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