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Games blamed for decline in outdoors lifestyle, says study

Tuesday, 5th February 2008 15:41 GMT By Patrick Garratt

According to a new study, the astronomical rise in video games’ popularity and other electronic pursuits, such as television and computing, has led to a sharp decline in general outdoor recreation time, dubbing the trend “videophilia”.

“The replacement of vigorous outdoor activities by sedentary, indoor videophilia has far-reaching consequences for physical and mental health, especially in children,” report author R. W. Pergams said in a statement. “Videophilia has been shown to be a cause of obesity, lack of socialization, attention disorders and poor academic performance.”

Visits to national parks in the US and the issuing of American fishing and hunting licenses since the 80s has been linked to “the period of rapid growth of video games,” the report says.

Hardly rocket science, although maybe people are just going off shooting bears in the face for kicks. Full thing here.

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  1. Syrok

    Probably alos has something to do with the fact that quiet a few parents rather have their kids watching TV when they still young then letting them out into the “wild”.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    I do fear a bit for the current generation. I spent so much time outdoors as a kid. Everything’s so built up now it’s easy to see how kids could just get up, go to school in a car, be at school, come home in a car and stay in all night. Not so great.

    #2 7 years ago