Man tears tendon playing ‘Candy Crush’
A case involving a man in California who tore a tendon in his thumb after playing a popular puzzle game, Candy Crush, shows the numbing and addictive effect games can have on the brain.
The 29-year-old man went to his doctor complaining of thumb pain, but only after he had stopped playing the game. An examination found that the tendon was torn, but the doctor said it should have caused him pain before it ruptured. The patient, however, said he felt no pain while playing. He said he had been playing the game all day for six to eight weeks. Even when he was doing something else with his right hand, he continued to play with his left.
Dr. Andrew Doan, co-author of a report on the case and an addictions researcher at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, said some video games can act like “digital painkillers,” and that “we have to be very cognizant that that can be abused."
Doan said that ideally people should limit their game-playing to 30 minutes a day.