Since the World Health Organization recognized video game “addiction” as an official psychological disorder, people have wondered how prolonged gaming could transform our bodies, for better or worse. Canadian gaming site Online Casino recently compiled a handful of those theories and mocked up a sketch of what avid gamers could look like in 20 years. The final result is surprisingly grotesque.
“Meet Michael, a visual representation of the future gamer. From sleep deprivation and dehydration, to lack of vitamin D, digital eye strain, and ‘PlayStation thumb’ — these are just some of the physical implications of spending hours online, in a gaming chair, away from sunlight and physical activity.”
Like working on a computer for hours or leaning over a desk at your job for eternity, prolonged video gaming has been proved to worsen your posture and damage your spine and neck. But the rendering takes things much farther: an avid gamer will get a massive indent in their skull from wearing headphones, bald patches from a lack of sunlight, hairy ears from a lack of air circulation, “Nintendo arthritis” from excessive controller use, swollen ankles from lack of movement, and a myriad of other problems.
Some of these symptoms are possible, especially from excessive, long-term, and serious gaming. More than anything, a lot of these issues are a result of not taking care of yourself — something gamers are capable of doing, and many already do. These can be avoided by doing the obvious things: eating healthy foods, drinking water, fixing your posture, taking breaks to stretch, and walking outside every once in a while.