Playing video games, or sitting at the computer too long can kill you!
And you thought you played a long time during the old days of playing vintage video games. A 20 year old English man died in May after spending all night playing games on his Xbox 360. His family is now campaigning to raise awareness about the risk to those who spend long hours playing.
A coroner discovered that the man, who had studied to become a game designer, suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A blood clot formed in his left calf and then moved to his lungs, which caused a pulmonary embolism. He was on his way to an IT job interview when he collapsed and died.
“Sitting still is literally the danger zone,” the man’s father, David Staniforth said. “He loved to play and would stay up all night. Millions of people worldwide are playing these games for hours, and there is a risk.”
“Don’t stop your child from playing games. They love doing it. It’s great for them,” he said. “It’s not to spoil the fun. Just be aware. Enjoy it. But take a break.”
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