According to an eye specialist in the USA, excessive gaming is particularly bad for kids, and can lead to nearsightedness.
"But I was curious to find out why videogames specifically were being targeted here, rather than on-screen media in general. “Because videogames require the user to stare at the screen for extended periods of time, the eye’s focusing system may lock into that distance,”" So, books are evil as well?
Lol this would mean that having a short attention span is great for your eyes... :D
I came in to say exactly the same thing :D. Watch out kids and parents, books can cause you nearsightedness. YOU BETTER NOT READ!!
Well, there is a difference with (physical and e-ink books, not iPad) books and watching things off a monitor. The whole contrast and easiness on the eye is a big factor. Reading a book is a lot less stressful on the eyes than staring at a screen all day.
Sure, but that has nothing to do with focusing. Whatever you're staring at, screen or book, the eyes will focus the same. So reading too much can indeed cause nearsightedness. Infact, reading will make your eyes focus even nearer than watching TV, thus making it even worse. In any case, it'll take years for these problems to develop.
Well you people are idiots. Of course will playing videogame's cause shortsight. I suffer on it aswell. So I am a living proof, get your heads out of your arses people, just because some things come from hardcore gaming doesn't mean everyone tries to bash videogames. Geez.
@MisterNiwa When I was at school 15-20 years ago about a quarter to one fifth of the class had glasses. I guess that percentage has got down now due to surgery or cheaper contact lenses. Did gaming effect those guys as well? Chances are you just have bad genes
Yes, they can. I grew up reading way more than playing video-games - averaged 10 books a month, and I need glasses to do everything now. In fact, I want to find out what doesn't screw your vision. Pretty much opening your eyes will do the trick.
With a game, your attention must be sustained. There's no penalty to looking up and scanning the room whilst reading.
Yea cause Pause in gaming doesnt exist.....huh /S
I didn't know you could pause multiplayer games....huh /S
So you're saying that you never ever turn away from the TV screen? Not even when the loading screen is up? Or when your character dies?
looking away for a few seconds doesn't seem to be an adequate break
Taking a break, however, is an adequate break. Put the controller down for a few minutes. Or even better, don't sit too close to the TV. I'm always sitting at least ten feet from the TV when I'm playing. If your eyesight is already bad, then get glasses. Bottom line is that anything that you are looking at constantly up close for long periods of time will cause nearsightedness. Not just video games.
And your attention is not sustained when reading?
I don't even... What is this?
So can eating a McDonalds Cheeseburger, big deal.
You do not stare at a McDonald's Cheeseburger for a long extended period.
At least it doesn't give you hairy palms.
Excessive amounts of anything has the potential to be bad.too much t.v.too much food.too much beer.ALSO,too much time on your hands.Ya hear that,eye specialist? Go do research on what really causes problems,like cancer,Hiv,autism.I swear,we live in a world where paranoia is in full swing and doctors try their best to stir mass hysteria.They should all be heavily medicated enough to shut up.
"and doctors try their best to stir mass hysteria.They should all be heavily medicated enough to shut up." now in this one I disagree, so far we found many ways to treat many types of Cancer, HIV....ets of named diseases; and we are still hard working in many better ways to help our race. It is not an easy task to do so, I have been studying Carcinoma for the past 7 weeks (I know it is not much), but the process is so complicated involving a lot of Gene mutations and complications.
I'm ok with this.
How about get busy and do research on how to cure kids with blindess who can't play videogames.
remember kids don't use your eyes for anything.
Man, how dare this doctor provide us with the information of his study? He is just warning people so the are educated about the risks. Maybe if you take a 10min break from gaming hear and there you can improve your vision. What is so bad about that.
Did you read the article? The doctor doesn't provide information from his study. There isn't a study. He provides vague information on why he thinks videogames are bad for kids' eyes, which is fine, but doesn't consider the whole heap of other things which would likely have the same effect.
funny cause i think i suffer from short-sight and i have to go to the eye doctor this week.
been gaming all my life and im far sighted.
You probably sit too far from the screen.
Happened to me, but for a different reason. Too much time on the computer with the lights completely out. I did game a lot back then but the catalyst was the dark lite room on the comp for a long time. Your closer to a computer than a TV when gaming or watching movies, etc.
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