Key Research

The Health Effects of Too Much Gaming

Key Takeaways:

  • More than two-thirds of Americans play video games
  • Good effects possible, such as community building and problem solving
  • The Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “a single session of video game play in healthy male adolescents is associated with an increased food intake, regardless of appetite sensations.”¬†


LiveMore ScreenLess’ Summary

  • Gaming has also been associated with psychological problems, such as:
    • gaming preoccupation
    • withdrawal
    • tolerance
    • loss of interest in other activities
    • downplaying use
    • loss of relationship, educational, or career opportunities
    • gaming to escape or relieve anxiety, guilt, or other negative mood states
    • failure to control
    • continued gaming despite psychosocial problems.
  • Gaming has also been associated with sleep deprivation, insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders, depression, aggression, and anxiety
  • Education is an essential key to injury prevention
  • Gamers should try the 20-20-20 rule for eye health: every 20 minutes, try to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Playing video games can be fun and a social activity when integrated into a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of sleep, exercise, and good nutrition

Topics: Gaming Addiction , Physical Health , Social/Emotional Learning

Year: 2020

Hosting University: Harvard

Participants:  reviewed 33 studies, 19,046 participants