Girl develops ‘PlayStation palmar hidradenitis’
Do you have red, sore lumps on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet? If the answer’s yes, then you could be suffering from… ahem … PlayStation palmar hidradenitis.
via Register Hardware.
Sometimes I wonder how people develop these conditions. In this case the girl apparantly plays on her Playstation several hours a day which coupled with sweating, which they think makes it worse, lead to the issues. The condition according to the article is usually more common in active children so one wonders what is happening whilst she plays the games. I guess shuffling around and movement during gameplay could attribute to this but it begs the question as to why her parents are happy enough to just let her sit there and veg-out playing Playstation.
I appreciate that parents need breaks and if your kid can be entertained for an hour or two playing Tomb Raider or whatever so you can get some peace and quiet is useful. However several hours each day is pretty darn unhealthy at that age or any age really. I know I game a fair bit but I do try to limit it to some extent, I think nowerdays I don’t game more than a hour or two at a time. I do have the odd session where I game for longer than that but they’re few and far between (tho Cati may possibly disagree on this). At 12, for me, you should be outside with friends doing whatever you like doing. For me, I played football or armies with the occasional game of cricket. When I was growing up my friend got a Sega Mega-Drive. It was cool and Sonic was fun but that only kept us interested for so long, I then got a Mega-Drive II myself a year or so afterwards for Christmas but being out and about still interested me more. I guess this is the same argument that’s spouted when these sort of stories come out but it’s a valid one I feel.