The Center for Disease Control reports that the average adult computer game addict is 35 years old.
According to The Telegraph, the CDC partnered with researchers from Emory and Andrews Universities on the study of more than 500 adults in the Seattle-Tacoma area. The results are not encouraging for gamers, with investigators finding correlations between video game play and health risks:
- Female gamers reported greater depression and poorer health than non-gamers
- Male gamers reported higher BMI (body mass index) than non-gamers
- Gamers of both genders reported a higher than normal reliance on the Internet for social support
The CDC’s Dr. James Weaver III commented on the data:
As hypothesized, health-risk factors specifically, a higher BMI and a greater number of poor mental-health days differentiated adult video-game players from non-players.
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.
Internet community support and time spent online distinguished adult video-game players from non-players, 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 illustrate the need for further research among adults to clarify how to use digital opportunities more effectively to promote health and prevent disease.