Yet Another Study Says First Person Shooters Are Good For Your Eyesight
from the tell-your-mother dept
Over in the Insider Chat, Leigh recently taught us that it’s a myth that carrots improve your eyesight… but if your mother tries to pass that off on you as a reason to eat carrots, perhaps you should tell her you’re better off getting in a bit more time playing the latest first person shooter, instead (not that you shouldn’t eat carrots, they’re delicious, but they won’t help your eyesight). However, it seems that researchers keep showing that first person shooters really are good for your eyesight. The latest, as sent over by Rob Hyndman is about a study done up in Canada showing eyesight improvement for people playing Medal of Honor.
Participants were all born with cataracts that were removed — but because of their condition, their vision never developed to 20/20. Six of the seven were not gamers.
They played the game for 10 hours straight in a controlled environment, and then two hours a day only until they reached 40 hours of play.
“We brought them back four weeks later and they all had improved vision,” Lewis said.
10 hours straight seems excessive…
That said, this is hardly new. We first noted a study like this nearly a decade ago. Then again five years ago. And, for good measure, three years ago. Whether or not the improved eyesight cancels out the urge to kill (rising) that such video games also provide is left to future research to determine (and because people are humor impaired: that’s a joke).