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Well, aren't we a bunch of losers?
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Spike
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"…you just keep on trying 'til you run out of cake."

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Steerpike
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I'm 34 and depressed, will that do? I can work on the overweight part if you guys think it's necessary. 😉

Life is the misery we endure between disappointments.

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Let's see… I've got the overweight part down pretty well; however, I'm (well) over 35 and if I'm depressed it's a different version of the depression all the commercials talk about. So, where does that put me?

For depressed gamers, playing video games is a type of “digital self-medication,” with women more likely to play video games for extended doses of self-distraction.

“In short, they literally 'take their minds off' their worries while playing a video game,” researchers said in their report. (emphasis mine)

So, taking your mind off whatever worries you might have is a bad thing? Gimme a freakin' break. If I spent all my time worrying about life, I surely would be depressed. I'm starting to think the medical profession needs to get back to curing  actual diseases instead of telling me what I can and cannot do with my worry-free time. [Image Can Not Be Found]

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Average Gamer: 35, overweight & depressed.

Yap: Underweight & pessimistic.  On the bright side ( [Image Can Not Be Found] ), I'm now 30 years younger.

I can live with that.

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40, slightly overweight, and depressed (but managing it)... and I rarely have time for video games anymore, unless my Little One badgers me into playing one with her. But that's not the same thing.

I haven't read the article (because I just don't have the time right now), so I don't know what they were getting at, but you do have to watch out with TV when you're depressed. If you take your mind off your problems by turning yourself outward to connect with others, that will help lift you out of your depression, because you're taking positive action to meet your emotional needs, rather than dwelling on your worries. But if you watch TV to distract yourself, the TV is likely to make your depression worse, because it continually pings your brain, tiring it out in the same way that worrying does.

So what I would find interesting is a neurological study that explored whether playing video games is more like the former or more like the latter, and whether different kinds of games have different effects.

-TimK

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