Unlocking the Legends of Zelda is a remarkable feat, but it turns out it’s remarkably bad for your body if you do it enough. The Telegraph reported today that professional gamers actually have the bodies of chain smokers.
Researchers at the University of Essex tested elite gamers (people who earn hefty financial awards through sponsorship in competitions) to see how their mental and physical fitness compare to that of elite athletes. Despite actually being quite slim, some of the gamers had the lung function and aerobic fitness of 60-year-old chain smokers.
The upshot of the study is that gamers’ mental and emotional test results were actually similar to those of an elite athlete, indicating that computer and video games help with mental acuity and certain cognitive skills. Researchers warn against spending hours of the day in front of a computer or TV screen, but most of us probably aren’t in a position where we can quit our office jobs. However, this news may make us look into the plumbing trade or professional flower-arranging.