Friday, August 21, 2009

Videogame players: older, fatter and more miserable than you might think

Video games are usually thought to be the preserve of children and teenagers. However, a survey of 552 people in Seattle by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta has found that the average age of a video gamer is 35. 45% of the sample identified themselves as game players, 56% of whom were men. The video-gamers weighed more and had a higher number of "poor-mental-health-days" than non-gamers. Women who played video games had higher levels of depression and poorer health. The video-gamers were less outgoing, extrovert, sociable and assertive and more likely to rely on the Internet for social support.

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