Gaming causes skin disorder: study

New skin disorder associated with gripping the console too tight

Gamers who grip their consoles too tight and mash on the buttons might find themselves suffering from painful bumps on their palms, say Swiss scientists who’ve named the newly identified skin disorder “PlayStation palmar hidradentitis.” In the study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, researchers from the University Hospitals and Medical School of Geneva reported on the case of a 12-year-old girl who came to hospital with painful lesions on her hands, but nowhere else on the body. The team concluded these lesions were due to “minor but continuous trauma to the (palm) surfaces” from playing video games for several hours a day; after she stopped playing for 10 days, she recovered. Sony has promised to take a look at the study, but a spokesman noted it involved just one person, while the company sold hundreds of millions of PlayStations since introducing it in 1995.

BBC News