You might have heard of "texting thumb" before — when your thumb starts to hurt from too much texting.
Now, the first case of "gaming thumb" has been reported when a man in California tore a tendon in his thumb after repetitively playing a game on his smartphone!
This type of injury is usually very painful, but the 29-year-old didn't notice the pain while was playing the addicting puzzle game Candy Crush Saga.
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This supports the theory that video games could numb people's pain, which can result in video game addiction! Dr. Andrew Doan, the head of addictions research at Naval Medical Center San Diego had this to say:
"We need to be aware that certain video games can act like digital painkillers. We have to be very cognizant that that can be abused."
Doan explained that the man didn't feel the pain during his gaming marathon because the excitement and pleasure he felt while gaming can release natural painkillers in the body, kind of similar to when a person gets a "runner's high."
In this case, the man was not a Candy Crush addict — he was just passing time. But just like over-indulging in candy, too much video gaming can lead to an addiction!!
Don't worry to all you gamers out there, studies show that an hour or less of video game play a day can actually have social and even emotional benefits!!
But just like candy, gaming is better in moderation!
[Image via AP Images.]
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