You’re lost in time
Gaming all night
Just show your face
In broad daylight
Stop gaming you
Learn how to feel
Gonna hurt your mind
Don’t shoot to kill
Come on, come on,
Lay off the Wii
All right…

I’m giving you
Till fatality
Get it to snuff
Or let it be…
I’m telling you
Just watch and scout
I know your game
What you’re about

Well they say the Boss’s the limit
And to you that’s really true
But my friend you have seen nothing
Just wait till I get through…

Video Games are bad, they’re bad – come on
(Bad bad – really, really bad)
You know they’re bad, they’re bad – you know it
(Bad bad – really, really bad)
You know they’re bad, they’re bad – come on, you know
(Bad bad – really, really bad)
And the whole world has to
Answer right now
Just to tell you once again,
What’s bad…

There was a time when extreme sports of this world were played in the great, dangerous, adrenaline filled outdoors. However, these days, the most popular kinds of extreme sports are being played for extremely long hours over a video game console at home. Such excesses are causing extreme level of harm to the mind and body. The following are some of the ways video games are eating up your real life health and restricting your daily activities to a ‘perpetually stuck on your lazy boy’ glitch.


Muscular Pain

Though the activity level needed to play Wii or Xbox Kinect are a step in the right direction, a majority of video games still involve sitting in front of a screen, often with poor posture. A study published in Pediatrics International found that “excessive television-game playing” led to increased levels of muscle stiffness, especially in the shoulders.



According to an article in the Journal of Neurology, Neuropsychology and Psychiatry, 29 percent of patients with epilepsy suffered video-game-induced seizures. There is no direct scientific evidence that video games can cause epilepsy, but stress, fatigue and hyperventilation during video games can trigger seizures in children with epilepsy.



A report in the Journal Of Adolescence also directly linked sedentary lifestyle, obesity and inadequate activity levels to video games. In children, ages one to 12, “results indicated that while television use was not related to children’s weight status, video game use was.


Extreme Aggression

Experts have long debated whether violent video games desensitize young people to violence. Some studies have disputed this while others, indicate that the young people who show more rapid desensitisation towards violent imagery are going to be more indifferent towards violence, which is dangerous to the community at large.


Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D, of course, is commonly absorbed from exposure to sunlight. Unfortunately, being holed up in front of video game systems does not afford the same exposure to sunlight as, say, being outside. Extensive video gaming has caused Vitamin D deficiency to become extremely widespread.


Change In Physical Appearance

According to Pediatrics International, school children who played “excessive” amounts of video games were much more likely to develop black rings in the skin under the eyes and to suffer from a displacement of the shoulder blade, which can be caused by poor posture and muscle stiffness. The same phenomenon occurs with adults as well, because extensive gaming is never carried out with a ‘healthy’ posture.


Sleep Deprivation

A report in Pediatrics International recommends that video games should be limited to less than one hour per day. But some hardcore gamers are spending three times that amount of time playing. Along with increased gaming, comes sleep deprivation, especially among young people. Rather than reducing the amount of time spent playing, gamers often opt to lose sleep instead.


Attention Deficiency Disorders

A 2010 study found that kids who spend too much time watching TV or playing video games may have more trouble paying attention in school. Researchers found that children who had more than two hours of screen time per day were twice as likely to have trouble paying attention. The study was carried out on both kids and young adults.
So put that console aside for a while and get back to generating your real life Mana once again.

What do you think?