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Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal CyberPsychology and Behavior. The study, “Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study,” asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better or worse, when they lost track of time while gaming, and how much time they lost. Included was this quote, which probably hit way too close to home for some:
When (Final Fantasy 7) first came out, my boyfriend and I took turns playing and ended up playing for pretty much three days straight. We hadn’t realized that two extra nights had passed and felt absolutely horrible physically afterwards. On a good note, playing videogames helped me quit smoking. I’d play instead and then huge chunks of time would go by with no nicotine cravings at all (Female, age 25).
Don’t worry about it, Female Age 25. We’ve all been there. You’re sitting there, thinking, “Well, I’ll just pop Fallout 3 in here for about 30 minutes,” then you wake up three days later with empty bags of Cheetos scattered across the floor and no recollection of what happened.
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