Video Games = Depression? Seriously?

Well, I may very well make a few people mad, but what’s the fun in writing if you can’t stir something up, right? I think the idea that video games cause depression is silly and overstated.  However, I do think that they can indirectly affect a person in negative ways. I’ll use my recent transformation as evidence.

A few weeks ago, I met a man who told me that I needed to be getting some exercise. We were discussing my hypothyroidism and accompanying grouchiness, and his opinion was that I needed to start running or doing something similar. If you follow my blog, then you know that I took his advice. Now you need to know that he was absolutely right! (Thanks, Jim!)  I not only feel better physically, but mentally as well. I can’t stress enough how good it feels to exercise!

So, my point?

When I was a kiddo I played video games. And I wasn’t depressed. I have to admit, though, that I spent more time outside riding my bike or jumping on the trampoline than I did indoors. This wasn’t because my game time was limited by my parents—I just liked being outside. I was getting sunshine and soaking up that lovely mood boosting vitamin D, and I was getting exercise and producing serotonin.  So my argument is that the games don’t cause depression. But staying inside all day and sitting still probably can lead to it. That includes watching television, texting, blogging, Facebooking, and OH MY GOSH!! Reading!!!

Yeah, I said it. I believe reading is one of the most important things we can teach our kids to do, but anything done in such excess that it prevents us from getting up and moving can cause depression. So lay off the video games, and focus on the real problem!

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~ by Rachel McMahon on January 19, 2011.

2 Responses to “Video Games = Depression? Seriously?”

  1. I concur. Video games have been getting a bad rap for years. It’s all about moderation: too much of anything can be bad for you, whether you’re sitting inside killing zombies or not.

  2. Thanks for your input, Dr. Snarky!

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