Online gamers are fitter than the average American
When we speak of online gamers, the image of a fat male slugging away on a seat in a dark damp basement comes to mind. This stereotype needs to be reworked as a test conducted shows that adult gamers are slimmer and if not more fit than the average American.
Wait a minute, before all you online gamers start being all confident and proud, it also shows that gamers are more prone to depression and substance abuse.
PALE, overweight couch potatoes. That's the stereotype of avid online computer gamers, but these joystick junkies are actually in better than average physical condition, a new US survey suggests, although they may be less healthy mentally.
The results suggest that adult gamers have an average body mass index of 25.2, compared to the overall American average of 28. The average gamer also engages in vigorous exercise once or twice a week, which the researchers say is more than most Americans. The reasons for this are not obvious, although the team suggest it may be because more educated, wealthier people are attracted to computer games, and these people also tend to take better care of their health.
"Average gamers engage in vigorous exercise once or twice a week"
The downside, however, was that the gamers reported more cases of depression and substance abuse than their compatriots. "They may be drawn to use the game to help deal with emotional distress," says team member Scott Caplan of the University of Delaware.
How the test was conducted:
Researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, the Palo Alto Research Center, also in California, and the University of Delaware in Newark, quizzed 7000 players of the role-playing game EverQuest II about their physical and mental health. Participants were offered a specially created virtual weapon as an incentive - the "Greatstaff of the Sun Serpent". The researchers then combined the survey responses with statistics about players' online activities and playing habits.
I'm sorry, but I disagree with the theory that they have came up with where they believe wealthier, educated people are attracted to computer games and that these people take care of themselves more. I don't have a theory myself, but just seems like the one they have came up with is a bit unreasonable. Maybe having to sit in a chair for 10hrs+ they are willing to stretch their legs and do some exercise? I have no idea. What do you think.