The craze surrounding Pokemon Go’s doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. But did you know that there are a lot of dangers of health risks you can get from playing the game?
Doctors reveal the top 5 most common injuries you can get and how to avoid them, as per Mail Online.
The game requires its players to be outside a lot, and if you happen to live in a place where it’s always sunny like in Southeast Asia, chances are you’ll burn yourself without proper preparation.
“Apply a nickel sized dollop for your face and reapply every two hours or immediately after heavy sweating,” advises Dr Zeichner, an American Academy of Dermatology affiliate. “Wear sun protective clothing, broad brimmed hats and sunglasses for additional protection.”
2. Skin damage (from your screen)
You might think that the light reflected from your phone are relatively safe, but they do damage your skin. “If you are outside on your phone or tablet, UV light can reflect from the screen directly to your face.” says Dr Zeichner.
There is no going around this: the solution for it is simply limiting your screen time.
Because you are moving a lot when playing the game, your skin will take a beating, particularly your feet. That’s why it’s important to wear appropriate clothing during playtimes.
Nylon or moisture-wicking socks and loose-fitting clothes are recommended. Also, make sure to avoid cotton.
4. Sprains, fractures, broken bones
“We love that these games are bringing children and adults outdoors and encouraging exercise,” Dr Alan Hilibrand said in an American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
“But we also want everyone to be mindful of their surroundings as they enjoy this activity.
“Walking while looking at your phone or electronic device can result in sprains, broken bones, and other serious, even fatal, injuries.”
Players must always be aware of their surroundings and the terrain they’re walking on. Watch out for traffic, people, and possible obstacles.
5. Mental health
Too much of anything is a bad thing—even playing video games.
“The American Society of Addiction Medication describes addiction as ‘a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry,’” said the Mail Online story.
“People who are certified as addicts – to a substance or activity – display a level of behavioral issues that severely impact on their life and the people around them.”
Because of this, experts advise limiting gaming times, making plans with friends that don’t involve your phone, and leaving your phone charger at home.
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