A man tore a tendon in his thumb after playing the popular puzzle game Candy Crush on his cell phone all day for six weeks straight. However, the man felt no pain from the injury because, according to doctors, games can cause the body to release natural painkillers.
The Daily Mail reports that a 29-year-old man from California went to the hospital after he had trouble moving his thumb and said it was becoming painful. Doctors found that the man had torn his thumb tendon. When questioning the man, the doctors discovered that the man, who recently left the military and was between jobs, had played Candy Crush on his cellphone all day for six to eight weeks straight.
The man says he never put the game down, as he would simply do other tasks with his right hand and play the game with his left hand. He noted that playing Candy Crush was a “secondary” action to other things, but that the game was always on during the day for that six to eight week period of time.
The man had no idea he had such a serious injury, with doctors noting that the tendon was torn in the thickest place, which typically causes severe pain. However, the man says he didn’t feel anything at all when it tore.
According to LiveScience, doctors believe there is a reason that the man felt no pain while he played the addictive puzzle game. Doctors note that video games, such as Candy Crush, can cause the body to release natural painkillers. Medical professionals say that the numbing of pain can increase the addiction level of video gaming and that these natural painkillers are a contributory factor in game addiction.
Dr. Andrew Doan, head of addictions research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, says that video games, like any other painkiller, can be abused.
“We need to be aware that certain video games act like digital painkillers,. We have to be very cognizant that that can be abused.”
Doctors say that people should limit video game play to an hour or less a day, as any more can cause negative emotional and social side effects.
“Studies show that about one hour or less of video game play a day can have social and emotional benefits, but too much gaming can have the opposite effect.”
Did you know that playing video games could have the same effect on the body as a painkiller? Have you ever played Candy Crush all day? Did you know it could potentially cause a tear in your thumb tendon?
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