Hideous 3D model claims to show what Xbox and PS4 addicts will look like in 20 years
GAMING experts have created a hideous model depicting what you could look like if you don't curb your gaming addiction.
The hunched back model is called Michael and blood shot eyes and a dented skull are the least of his problems.
The cautionary vision of Michael was created by researchers who used data from global reports about the impact of the gamer lifestyle.
They have warned that gamers need to take better care of themselves or varicose veins and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome could be things they're afflicted with in 20 years time.
A spokesperson for OnlineCasino.ca, the Canadian site who conducted the study, said: "Everyone 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."
What's wrong with Michael?
Here's all the health conditions highlighted by the model…
- Indent in skull: Constant light pressure, such as that from a headset, could cause a skull deformation.
- Blood shot eyes and dark circles: These things can occur after sleep deprivation and excessive screen time.
- Bald patches: Constant light pressure, such as that from a headset, could cause a bald patches.
- Hairy ears: This can happen due to lack of air circulation.
- Hunched back: This can happen if you have poor posture for a long time.
- Rounded shoulders: This can occur due to lack of movement.
- Obese: Lack of exercise and increased food intake can make you overweight.
- Eczema: Stress can cause skin conditions like eczema.
- Pale skin: From lack of sunlight/vitamin D.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition can be caused by doing repetive movements too much. If can lead to a burning sensation in your fingers and thumbs, numbness, tumours and even amputation.
- 'Playstation Thumb' and blistered fingers: Also known as Onycholysis, 'Playstation Thumb' can happen to your nails after repetitive trauma such as tapping a button or keyboard. Movement like this can cause your nail to fall from its nail bed and you can get blisters on your fingers.
- 'Nintendo Arthritis': This is a new type of repetitive strain injury that causes hand ulceration and calluses. If these form near key nerves they may have to be surgically removed.
- Trigger finger: This is also reffered to as 'Gamers Thumb' and is caused when strain makes your thumb tendons feel painful to move.
- Swollen ankles and varicose veins: Variscose veins can form when you stay in the same position for long periods of time and the valves of your veins stop functioning properly so your veins swell up. Swollen ankles are also linked to sitting for long periods.
The World Health Organization now recognises video game addiction as a psychological disorder.
The researchers used reports from the WHO and other major health organisations to put together their 3D warning.
Luckily, the researchers also have recommendations regarding how to avoid some of Michael's issues like obesity, deficiencies and poor posture.
It's recommended that you exercise and stretch regularly.
You should take breaks to prevent eye strain and sit in a proper chair with back support.
You should also eat healthily and keep hydrated.
You can read the full findings from the study on the OnlineCasino.ca website.
Last year, scientists created a grotesque life-sized dummy to show how office workers could look in 20 years' time – thanks to hours at their desks.
This shocking mannequin, known as 'Emma', was constructed by researchers after interviews with more than 3,000 employees about their health issues.
And the team from the report, dubbed The Work Colleague Of The Future, are now urging office workers to make radical changes to their working environment.
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