Study: Video Game Usage Increases Joint Pain in Children

May 25, 2011 -

According to a recent presentation at the 2011 Congress of the European League Against Rheumatism in London, playing video games and using phones have a negative impact on joints in children. This is according to research conducted by Yusuf Yazici, MD. The finding comes from a questionnaire given to 257 children 9 - 15 years old attending two unnamed schools in St. Louis, Missouri.

The questionnaire queried the amount of time spent using game consoles, hand-held devices, and mobile phones and if the users felt any wrist or finger pain as reported on a visual analog scale. The team took this data and analyzed the differences between device usage and related pain between the two schools, performing an "estimation of categorical and continuous variable differences." Participants noted a higher degree of pain when playing console games than with the use of mobile phones. The study noted that duration of play was associated with the amount of reported pain. With each hour, the study found, an increase in pain was reported by two.

Gender was the only independent variable Yazici’s team found that could be associated with pain secondary to mobile phone usage. Females apparently reported twice as much pain as males.

Yazici and his team believe that parents should be concerned about the age when children should start using video game consoles, hand held devices and mobile phones. They also believe that the results show the need for usage limits.

“Our study has shown the negative impact that playing computer games and using mobile phones can have on the joints of young children, raising concerns about the health impact of modern technology later in life,” lead investigator Yusuf Yazici, MD, said in a European League Against Rheumatism press release. “We hope that further research in this area will shed light on what could be a serious health concern for today’s gaming children, in later life.”

Source: eular.org


Comments

Re: Study: Video Game Usage Increases Joint Pain in Children

I could have told you that.

Even Jane Jetson gets pain from pushing a button over and over.

Re: Study: Video Game Usage Increases Joint Pain in Children

So doing anything can do that. In school i had to write alot and my hands would really start to hurt after sometime. But i dont see them saying to limt school and a few other activities kids that age do everyday.

 

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Have you visited a video game arcade in the last year?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
james_fudgeThere aren't many left in America08/21/2014 - 1:50am
MechaTama31I sure have. Dorky's barcade in Tacoma, WA.08/20/2014 - 5:56pm
Matthew WilsonI have not been to a arcade in years. I know arcades are still big in japan.08/20/2014 - 5:38pm
Sleaker@AE - Ah no it's called GroundKontrol - I was just referring to it as a Bar-Arcade.08/20/2014 - 4:39pm
Andrew EisenStill looking for confirmation that High Moon Studios (dev behind the PS3/360 versions) isn't working on it.08/20/2014 - 4:38pm
ZenGotcha.08/20/2014 - 4:37pm
Andrew EisenI already updated the story with it!08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
Zenhttp://www.gonintendo.com/s/235574-treyarch-isn-t-working-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-for-wii-u-either08/20/2014 - 4:36pm
ZenLet me send the link for the Tweet as well...they state Treyarch is not working on it. Grabbing it now.08/20/2014 - 4:34pm
Andrew EisenWhere does it say that "NO dev is working on it"?08/20/2014 - 4:33pm
ZenHere's the link for my last comment: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/20/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-not-coming-to-wii-u08/20/2014 - 4:24pm
ZenWell, Call of Duty is skipping Wii U completely it seems...they updated that NO dev is working on it. Great way to just skip a market.08/20/2014 - 4:24pm
Andrew EisenYeah, Dave and Busters back in 2011 was the last time for me.08/20/2014 - 4:16pm
ZenWell, I tried lol. We just got a Dave and Busters on the beach but haven't been there yet...may go this weekend.08/20/2014 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenIt's called The Bar-Arcade? Missed opportunity. I would have gone with Barcade.08/20/2014 - 3:25pm
SleakerThe Bar-Arcade however did have a lot of good pinball machines, they were however always taken as the place was packed..08/20/2014 - 1:17pm
Sleakerso I've been to an Arcade-Bar, not that great of a place has some okay machines, but generally over-packed. And then all the kid-friendly ones have is ticket-games nothing actually good unfortunately :(08/20/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenIf it has an area dedicated to arcade machines, I'd say it counts. Arcade machine in your house though, nope.08/20/2014 - 12:16pm
ZenDoes it count if you have actual arcade machines in your house?08/20/2014 - 12:01pm
E. Zachary KnightWith the current poll, I guess it all depends on how one defines "arcade". If Chuck E Cheese or similar multipurpose businesses count, then that is a yes for me.08/20/2014 - 11:59am
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician