average gamer old, fat, and depressed, is that you?

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  1. severedties

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32463904/ns/technology_and_science-games/wid/11915829&GT1=40006
    Study: Average gamer is 35, fat and bummed

    CDC study finds playing leads to ‘lower extraversion’ in adult gamers



    A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed. Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and Andrews University analyzed survey data from 552 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The subjects ranged in age from 19 to 90, according to the study, published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
    The hypothesis was that video-game players have a higher body mass index — the measure of a person's weight in relation to their height — and "a greater number of poor mental health days" versus nonplayers, said Dr. James B. Weaver III of the CDC's National Center for Health Marketing. The hypothesis was correct, he said.


    The findings, he said in the article, "differentiated adult video-game players from nonplayers. Video-game players also reported lower extraversion, consistent with research on adolescents that linked video-game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status, and to mental-health concerns."
    The Seattle-Tacoma area was chosen for the study, researchers said, both because of its size as the 13th largest media market in the United States and because its Internet usage level is "the highest in the nation." The study was done in 2006; the results analyzed in 2008.
    While the study helps "illuminate the health consequences of video-game playing," it is not conclusive, its researchers say, but rather serves to "reveal important patterns in health-related correlates of video-game playing and highlights avenues for future research."

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    Female video-game players reported greater incidents of depression and "lower health status" than women who do not play video games[​IMG], researchers said, while male players reported a higher BMI and more Internet use time than nonplayers.
    The findings "appear consistent with earlier research on adolescents that linked video game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status and mental health concerns," Weaver and other co-authors say in the article.
    'Digital self-medication'?
    One interpretation of the findings, researchers said, is that among women, video-game playing "may be a form of 'digital self-medication.' Evidence shows that women are effective at mood management through their media content choices, so some women may immerse themselves in cognitively engaging digital environments as a means of self-distraction; in short, they can literally 'take their minds off' their worries while playing a video game."
    An implication of that, researchers said, is that "habitual use of video games as a coping response may provided a genesis for obsessive-compulsive video-game playing, if not video-game addiction." getCSS("3088874")[​IMG]FirstPerson





    Among men who play video games, compared to those who don't, "male video-game players spend more time using the Internet and rely more on Internet-community social support," researchers said. "They also tend to report higher BMI and lower extraversion.
    "These findings illustrate that, among men, the association among sedentary behaviors, physical inactivity, and overweight status observed in children and young adults may extend into adulthood."
    Both male and female video game players spend more time than nonplayers seeking friendship and support on the Internet, the study found, "a finding consistent with prior research pointing to the willingness of adult video-game enthusiasts to sacrifice real-world social activities to play video games."
    The data, Weaver said, points to the need for "further research among adults to clarify how to use digital opportunities more effectively to promote health and prevent disease."




    In a commentary in the same issue of the magazine, Dr. Brian A. Primack of the University of Pittsburgh's[​IMG] School of Medicine agrees, and asks: "How do we simultaneously help the public steer away from imitation playlike activities, harness the potentially positive aspects of video games and keep in perspective the overall place of video games in our society?"
    For children and adults, he writes, games that require physical exertion, such as "Hide and seek" and "Freeze tag" are "still probably what we need most."
     
  2. UnaBomber

    UnaBomber Closed-minded pig-headed racist xenophobe OT Supporter

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    im 28, play entirely to many vidya games, am skinny as hell and overall pretty happy with life
     
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    i'm 33, happy and play FPS games on PC. :dunno:
     
  4. Srdjan

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    this is all common sense stuff.
     
  5. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    the bell curve does not apply to OT.

    gamers on OT are all social butterflies, have supermodel GF's and only play WoW when they aren't at the gym or partying with friends.
     
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    how is the average age in the fucking 30s? :rofl:
     
  7. GhostZ

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    True story
     
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    I'm 35, fat and want to kill myself... play OT all day
     
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    how the fuck is the avg age 35?

    im 26, 6ft 145lb....
     
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    I'll get there some day. Not yet.
     
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    i am neither old, fat nor depressed



    i must not be a true gamer :noes:
     
  12. Tomash

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    I'm fat, but not old and definitely not depressed. :cool:
     
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    You summed it up quite well. We raid Ulduar hard mode before we hit OG and then the clubs
     
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    jesus, the average age is 35



    there are absolutely tons of little teenage faggots who are gamers, that must mean that there are absolutely tons of old ass men (50+?, 60+?) who play videogames :rofl::rofl:
     
  15. Jaeger

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    so, all these fat, video game junkie asians...

    I play because it's too damn hot here in Texas. In the "winter" months, I hardly play.
     
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    my dad and his friends are scared of computers.
     
  17. Mariners

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    aww, study was done in Seattle/Tacoma area of less than 600 people




    tiny tiny sample size :o
     
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    wow 500 people from a tiny area of the USA :ugh2:

    great survey :ugh:
     
  19. disley

    disley Ooooh no it isn't. Ooooh yes it is. OT Supporter

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    That's me, but I never play games.
     
  20. TireSmokinSRT

    TireSmokinSRT Bring in the stunt cock

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    that's funny, it's the opposite for me.

    in the summer i'm busy with a ton of outdoor activities and mainly play in the winter.
     
  21. Sursa

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    yeah do the study in the seattle area, good job... everyone is fat and depressed
     
  22. Mike99TA

    Mike99TA I don't have anything clever to put here right now

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    29, married, 5'10 154 lbs, plenty of friends and I play a lot of video games :dunno:
     
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    isnt seattle depressing by nature
     
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    27 love gaming
    fulltime job
    school fulltime (in sept)
    kickbox / grappling mon-thur
    have gf
    generally my free time is spent between gaming, watching movies, and spending time with gf and friends
     
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    31, fat, and depressed at the state of gaming
     

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