Now I've heard it all. I know, I know, it starts out like a joke, but in reality there's nothing funny about it at all.
A 29-year-old guy walks into an orthopedic surgeon’s office with a torn tendon in his left thumb. Now, I know there’s nothing funny about a torn tendon. It happens to even the greatest athletes, and it’s not funny.
But in this case, our “so-called smartphone athlete,” suffered a serious ruptured tendon around this thumb after playing the game, ‘Candy Crush,” (and I’m quoting the doctor here), “… all day… every day… for six to eight weeks, with his left hand."
According to Dr. Andrew Doan, a co-author of the case report and head of addictions research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego:
... the man said he didn't feel pain while he played the smartphone game. This may be because, when people play video games, they can feel pleasure and excitement that are tied to the release of natural painkillers in the body — the same thing that happens when a person feels a "runner's high."
Surgery was required. Since he was left-handed, his Candy Crush career may be over. Due to patient confidentiality, we can’t reveal his name or what level he was on. Only that he is from California.
What's more interesting is that the man claims he wasn't addicted to Candy Crush, he was merely bored. He recently left the military and was in-between jobs with not much to do. However, Internet and video game addictions are real. Click here for just a few examples. If you know anyone who might be addicted, click here to get them help.