We all love to play videogames and we put many hours into our favourite series’, after all, videogames offers a level of escapism that no other medium can. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t need a break from time to time, to give our minds and body the recuperation that it needs.
We’ve heard many stories over the years of gamers suffering some form of illness such as strokes or seizures for over-indulging in way to many consecutive hours playing videogames. One latest incident involves a 19-year old boy from Hyderabad, India, who is addicted to PUBG and unfortunately suffered a stroke and was rushed to hospital as a consequence. Thankfully, the teen has made a recovery, but it’s still concerning none the less.
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The teen was rushed to hospital after losing the function to use his right arm or right leg, and following investigations, it was found that the teen had suffered a brain stroke which had developed multiple blood clots, believed to have been caused due to excessive use playing PUBG.
Dr K Vinod Kumar, a senior neuro-physician who treated the teen, revealed that the boy had lost 3-4kgs of weight in just a month, due to his inactive and unhealthy lifestyle. He advised that those who play at least 8-to-10 hours a day, without eating, sleeping and drinking are at serious risk.
Unfortunately, these kinds of health scares are on the rise worldwide, especially as the world of videogames continues to evolve in popularity. It should all go without saying, but coming from someone that has been addicted to playing videogames for the best part of 30+ years; I know that can be easier said than done. This isn’t an issue exclusive to PUBG; it is the responsibility to ourselves and to parents of young children to ensure that we stay safe and healthy.
So please, as much as you love playing your favourite videogames, do your best to keep yourself happy and healthy to avoid being another health scare statistic.