Here are some thoughts about having gaming as a lifestyle and the common problems that many gamers have. Although that it might not be considered a problem for many people, this is meant to point out what can happen.
Unfortunatly for the most people, this is the truth! Have fun clicking the 'disagree' button I know alot of people who used to be great guys, but after the next-gen consoles have been released, people stayed inside for almost the entire day. People should get ousite more often!!
Gaming should be a hobby not a lifestyle
More & more people are getting fat nowadays because gaming is the only thing they are doing. They eat, sleep & play. EDIT: The disagree you have, was done by some gaming geek @ a08andan, you are right, but people should atleast go outsite once a day for a walk or whatever. or go and do something with some friends. Body-movement is important
Of course gaming can be a lifestyle. To play games with others, to talk about games with others, to enjoy games is no different than watching movies, football or something else. The only thing thats important is that you do things that you enjoy together with people you care about and get as much out of your life as you possibly can :) @ wesley-dw: Yep. going outside automatically become a form of exercise and will give positive effects that will increase your gaming-experience :)
Does gaming tirelessly everyday make you fat? NO. If you game a lot everyday, does that mean you don't do anything else but "eat, sleep and play"? NO. You can still go out for dinner with your girlfriend and you can still hangout at your friend's place. Should gaming be a lifestyle? It is not your decision to choose. People live different lives. Everyone is different, and just because you don't like doing -insert hobby here- does not mean you should influence everyone around you. A lot of things in life are bad for you. Not just gaming.
@ God_Of_Epicness : Hence the "MIGHT" in the title. It says nothing about the other stuff that you do in your life except what COULD happen if you don't exercise enough. The post is just meant to be a help for people who feel like they have a problem. It is not meant to criticize anyone. I'm not trying to choose anything for anyone, I am just trying to help those who MIGHT have issues and point out what the cause MIGHT be. :)
the thing with the word "might" in any sentence, is that you can usually rewrite the very same sentence except add a "not" right after "might" and it will still be technically true
i am selling my ps3 and with all the new stuff coming out it makes me sad but its too big of a destructions for me.
real life sucks - AI is horrible
"More & more people are getting fat nowadays because gaming is the only thing they are doing." ^Gaming is a problem for some but lifestyle in general is a problem for most. What pisses me off as a parent and tax payer is the education system all but removing physical education and after school activities because of the current economic problems in the U.S. In the state/county I live I have to pay (to a certain extent) for my son to play football (he only has two coaches on staff and both are volunteers), track and wrestle. I also have to provide him a ride home because there are no after school transportation. Their gym is a joke and it is a brand new high school that cost us a bundle with increased taxes to help pay for it. America is getting fatter every year and it has more to do with this than anything. If we don't teach physical education in school how will they learn to live a healthy life and get their exercise? Now they are talking about laying off 300k teachers in the U.S. and guess which are getting the cut first? Music, Gym, Health and Special Education teachers. Back on topic: Anything not done in moderation is unhealthy.
I love this article, absolutely fantastic advice, some of the best on the internet by far and away given how full of crap the internet is. I think every gamer on the internet should read this. I have had sleep problems but I excersise like mad 6 days a week and have a pretty good diet, when I eat out I try to go for something healthy when its available, but I think the sleep problems are due not to gaming itself but also to WHEN you play games. If you play games right before sleeping your mind is still wide awake and cannot rest. The problem with this is that you won't get as rested as you usually do, thus you sleep long hours, sometimes 10 or more. It is the lack of resting of the brain that causes all those other problems, which is why sleep is so important. You need to calm your brain down before sleep and doing things like videogames or watching TV does the opposite, it wakes you up. Try reading before bedtime or meditating, it will calm your mind and you'll wake up when you should.
@ A08andan: Exacly, Bubble up for understanding :)
The reason I play video games all night is because I can't play it during the day... Even if I try to shut down the console I go do other things like watch TV or take a walk... Job and alotta things are keeping me busy at days, so I gotta use the night to do the things I want... I know alot of people feels this way...
but sometimes even that can be bad... i can sometimes play from 11 to 3-4 at night but the next day when i get up at 8 to go to college i just sleep in class. or i play during the day and than i have to stay up all night to finish my work for college and when i go there i was sleep in class.
moderation = good too often = addiction = bad ^When I say anything I mean nearly anything and this is including exercise. Everything should be done in moderation.
This place really has a ton of freaking morons on here. How in the hell could anyone disagree with what I wrote? It's a real shame this site has next to no moderation now and the lunatics are now in complete control of the asylum. Truly sad.
Yeah I realize that I might get a lot of disagrees, but I sincerely hope that people understand that the whole point of this piece is to point out a few problems that people might not see as a cause to something they might feel or a problem they might have. It is not something against gaming and gamers. Not at all in anyway.
Sure, a lot of things can be bad for you if you do it too much, hell even water is bad for you if you drink too much. It's called moderation, set yourself a time limit for gaming and obviously be careful what you eat. I don't see why an article is needed, it's common sense really.
Yepp. I do hope people realize that you won't have to reduce the time you are gaming because you exercise. The exercise will reduce the amount of sleep you need so it will only take time from your gaming initially so its definitely worth it for so many reasons.
but the majority of people here over do it. its as if we are addicted to drinking water so much that we even spend hours on the internet researching news about water. if you care so much as to come here every day you probably are not moderating your time that well.
Yes it is obvious that its bad, but most people don't realize what the effects of this might be so thats why I try to enlighten people so that they get the most out of their lives :)
I do all of that and im pretty fine... well that have to do with my genetic aswell.
I don't have that problem, I play airsoft on weekends and my work is quite physical so I won't go overweight anytime soon nor need a gym to keep fit.
I had all these friends at school, who'd never played anything, but as soon as they got their hands on WOW, they never went out again. They weren't nerds or anything like that before, but now they all huddle in corners and talk about their armour and shit.
My routine : wake up - kiss Gf - make cup of tea - game for 2 hours - work 9-5 - game 5:30 till 6:30 - eat dinner - go gym for hour or 2 - game till 1 am sleep Thats my average game day
Well, that sure is a healthy relationship with your GF if your average game day is everyday... /s
Gf gets me all weekend as I'm too tired weekdays to do much else she's fine with if as am I. Been together 2 years works well
i have a girlfriend (for 6yrs) and ive been gaming long before i met her.....and gaming in no way interferes with regular life activities, never has never will and im from the NES generation (DOB 1981). Just because ur a gamer doesnt mean you game 16 hrs a day and sleep the other 8. I hate to generalize but typically its some of the PC gamers that waste away in front of a game...... i mean how many WoW deaths has it been now? http://www.fibonaccisys.com... The only way gaming can hinder you in real life is if you let it.
Hey man I play WoW among other games ofc
"its some of the PC gamers that waste away in front of a game" notice i said SOME not ALL......reading is fundemental
I no I'd just thought I'd get that out there. But you are entirely correct there is a minority of gamers that really need too get help and are heavily "addicted" poor guys!
I started calling 10:30PM the deadline, all game related activities must end by then.
Think I'm going to try that... Thanks for the tip..
Hey I didn't read the article nor am I going to. I'm just glad that of late, these "confronting" articles are appearing. Might do some good. Peace.
But you don't need to be a gamer to have these problems. Internet social networking can mess you up just as much. Long distance relationships across international time zones is the worst. Oh and "Loosing" is correctly spelled "Losing".
but i kinda agree but it's not gaming fault if you don't like gaming or think that gaming is holding you from anything important then by all means GTFO no body is holding you i hate people that don't think about themselves then blame others for their misfortune if you're unhappy with your life then change it if you don't know what you want then it's your own fault not gaming's fault
Well said good fellow
Hindrance or not, I'll game till the day I die.
it worries me. gaming has been taking more of a principal role in my free daily time than it should. i skip shores, do little to none excercise. i love gamings, the eat, sleep ,play days are one of my favorites, but im also suffering the consequences of unbalanced lifestyle. nice article
I don't think interfering with normal day to day activities is the main problem. I think most are responsible enough to maintain relationships, jobs, school, etc. But the real interference is with one's priorities. Those who are busy use every free moment to get a round of gaming in. It gives you less concern for your other obligations because you rationalize that you've been busy all day so you need a break. Gaming can be a great hobby when managed correctly. ;)
It doesn't "hinder" anyone in life. If someone enjoys gaming, why the hell should "going out" or things like that be forced upon them. Different people enjoy different things.
Most of my free time is for my family. However, I do allocate either a Saturday afternoon or Sunday afternoon for gaming, depending on whether I have any other obligations, wedding invites, events etc. It works out well as I get about 4-6 hours of gaming weekly. That is unless a new Uncharted is out and my wife won't let me sleep till it's finished so she can see the whole story. oh my aching thumbs! :-)
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