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Freaky Diseases From Boycotting The Outdoors

 - Feb 25, 2009   Updated: Jun 22 2011
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It's not a new skin condition, but it has a new cause: playing video games. Some Swiss doctors diagnosed a young girl with “ideopathic eccrine hidradenitis” - a skin disorder associated with sweaty hands and feet. The little gamer was playing video games for a few hours everyday when her hands began to exhibit these red sores. The cure? Ten days with no gaming.

Implications - The growing variety of video and computer games available to children has resulted in a drastic decrease in outdoor and physical activity as of late. The debate over whether time spent indoors or staring at a screen is a highly controversial and continuous one in the public sphere. Companies or causes with a vested interest in decreasing time spent gaming can draw upon rare and exceptional cases that are shocking and unusual to get the point across.