A preponderance of new evidence supports the theory that video games are actually good for a person's mental health. Most improve mental accuity and quickness as well as hand-eye coordination. They are being used more frequently in rehab facilities and even for young children to aid in development of small motor skills. So the more I play WoW, the smarter I'll be and the better muscle tone I'll have, and I'll even be less of a klutz? No. Well, maybe...You have to take WoW, and all video gaming, in moderation. Studies show that excessive gaming wears down the body and brain, but a moderate amount every day actually will have a positive effect.
So what's a "moderate" amount?That depends on you. Do you exercise? (getting up to get food doesn't count) Do you eat properly? (hot pockets and energy drinks do NOT have everything the body needs) Are you finding social interaction outside of gaming and getting enough sleep? (8 hours sleep for most people) If you can answer yes to all of these, then you can spend more time gaming. If you're not exercising and getting enough sleep, you are not as focused when you play. This not only makes you play worse, but prevents your body from gaining any benefits from gaming. Eating properly has largely the same effect. It's amazing how you can boost your stamina (yeah I get it, ha, ha) by keeping a good diet. Cut sugars, eat protein and fiber from fruits and veggies. Did you know this kind of diet has been proven to increase reaction time?
Remember that next time you go into the Isle of Conquest. So if the rest of your life is in good shape, "moderate" for you can be pretty high. If not, straighten yourself out first for more gaming and a better life in general.
Who ever thought playing the AH could be good for your health? Or that I could be working on my reaction time in Icecrown? Feel better, make more gold, play more efficiently, pawn more noobs. Sounds good to me.
Loremaster EjDoctor Ej is absolutely right. I have been running 3 miles every day for almost two weeks now. I'm thinner, faster, and the shield slams seem higher.