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Effects of Flight Simulation on Health

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Hello!

Are there any doctors or anyone who sims for 4+ hours who can inform me of the health effects of simming. I have been told by many that video games in general can cause negative effects on the brain, but I have always figured that this is only relevant to games like Grand Theft Auto, in which the aim is to bash people's heads out.

On the contrary, I have heard that flightsim is good for mental development and is actually good for you. Of course, sitting in a dark room with six 99" LED TVs for eight hours can cause you to become physically inactive, but I am sure that 99.9% of us do not do that! Also, on the contrary to many sterotypes, I did some research and found that the most that optical displays can do is cause irritation to the eye! Can anyone confirm all of this? Doctors? Well informed simmers?

Thanks,

Arnav

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my health keeps downgrading but my sims keep up updating.....Sims>Health :lol:

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It affects my attitude. 

 

- I'm happy after a nice flight.

- I get grumpy if I don't get a sim flight in once in a while.

- I feel sad when FSX OOMs.

- I feel angry when FSX OOMs.

- I feel sleepy when my flight is just a little too long.

 

and most importantly...

 

- I get annoyed when my wife starts talking to me on short final. :lol:

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It's probably aviation that is Toxic:

 

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I found that it causes me to drink more......A LOT more! :P

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Thanks, you magnificent doctors!

It affects my attitude.

 

- I'm happy after a nice flight.

- I get grumpy if I don't get a sim flight in once in a while.

- I feel sad when FSX OOMs.

- I feel angry when FSX OOMs.

 

 

Couldn't agree more.

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Hours of sitting has actually been in the news a lot recently, linked to an increased chance of death over time, even people who get regular exercise. I'm thinking about buying a sit/stand desk where I can actually raise it up so I can stand while working more frequently. Our bodies and physiology unfortunately didn't evolve to do what we like to do in the modern world...

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Violent games have negative effects on brain....

Flightsims have positive effects on brain...

 

But what if I play combat sims? Or fly with airplane in GTA? 

 

100% people who drink water and are exposed to oxygen, die!

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I use an overhead laser projector for my flight sim sessions, and while that crisp panoramic floor-to-ceiling image does up the realism factor quite a bit, I found that I was beginning to develop eye strain from using that setup in a darkened room for too long of a time in one session, and so I learned to keep my simulator flights to less than one hour long, to keep that eye strain from setting in. 

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Hours of sitting has actually been in the news a lot recently, linked to an increased chance of death over time, even people who get regular exercise. I'm thinking about buying a sit/stand desk where I can actually raise it up so I can stand while working more frequently. Our bodies and physiology unfortunately didn't evolve to do what we like to do in the modern world...

 

Tabs is 100% correct.  Uninterrupted sitting for long periods of time is a problem.  Sit / stand desk is a great idea.  If you cannot get one you need to get up and walk around every 30 minutes.  

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Thanks for the replies, from what I understand, 1,000,000 hours is okay as long as you take frequent breaks.

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The only time I've heard of video games affecting people negatively is if they have a history of epilepsy.  Screen flashing common in action games can set it off. 

 

I did some research and found that the most that optical displays can do is cause irritation to the eye!
Arnav

 

You'll never experience eye irritation if you calibrate your monitor/display properly.  You can buy calibration discs.  There are also online stuff to help you calibrate.

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Not sure about physical health but can effect the health of your marriage if you spend too long on them! :)

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Hours of sitting has actually been in the news a lot recently, linked to an increased chance of death over time, even people who get regular exercise. I'm thinking about buying a sit/stand desk where I can actually raise it up so I can stand while working more frequently. Our bodies and physiology unfortunately didn't evolve to do what we like to do in the modern world...

 

Tabs is 100% correct.  Uninterrupted sitting for long periods of time is a problem.  Sit / stand desk is a great idea.  If you cannot get one you need to get up and walk around every 30 minutes.  

 

 

I saw this or a news story on this just a short while ago and couldn't help laughing that this actually was "news". What was their first clue that sitting on your butt all day might not be good for you...one does not have to study this stuff.  Anyone knows that exercise is generally good for you for crying out loud.

 

When moved from outdoor phyisical work to office work I worked hard at getting exercise in evenings, weekends etc.  When i worked all day in the office, I walked to my neighbours office (instead of emailing, phoning, I made an excuse of getting up and walking), I walked up and down many flights of stairs to visit someone to discuss something, never used the elevators, I did soft levels of exercise right in my office to stretch muscles...I have no idea what others do or are doing but good gravy this is not rocket science and standing at one's desk all day or for hours at a time is not actually a great idea for a long list of reasons...just get off your butt and exercise your muscles, including your eyes by changing focus lengths..ie look out the windows at distant objects once in a while.

 

And I have been simming for ever, I practice the same behaviors at home and my health is great and I do tons of computer work not just simming...I get out and hike, play golf, do home projects, mow lawns, rake leaves, gardening...just plain and simple....balance your activies.

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I saw this or a news story on this just a short while ago and couldn't help laughing that this actually was "news". What was their first clue that sitting on your butt all day might not be good for you...one does not have to study this stuff. Anyone knows that exercise is generally good for you for crying out loud.

 

 

In fairness, I think what may be "news" to some is that there are ill affects even if you are otherwise physically active and regularly exercise outside of the work environment.  The key, as you note, is to make sure you keep moving during your office day, but while this may be easy to do in your job, there are some workers who are almost literally chained to their desks during the day.  I'm thinking, for example, of call center workers who will pretty much be in their seats except for lunch and morning and afternoon breaks.  There are other workers who have similar constraints.

 

Sit/stand work areas such as Ryan mentions are becoming increasingly popular to allow workers some ability to move while continuing to work.

 

Scott

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I imagine it's not as detrimental on your health as it is for real pilots, who spend huge amounts of time sitting down in a rarified atmosphere close to the ozone layer. Multiple time changes, jet lag, crappy crew food and multiple sectors will also all take their toll.

 

At least we can go for a walk in the garden whilst in the cruise, the real guys can't.

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Hours of sitting has actually been in the news a lot recently, linked to an increased chance of death over time, even people who get regular exercise. I'm thinking about buying a sit/stand desk where I can actually raise it up so I can stand while working more frequently. Our bodies and physiology unfortunately didn't evolve to do what we like to do in the modern world...

I was actually going to say just about the same thing prior to you posting. I think being sedentary whether it's simming, working, or watching tv is the only thing that's really bad for you. Video games played in moderation have been know to build better hand/eye coordination and simming could be good for the brain since you have to use your head to think things through.

 

Probably the best course of action during long flights or times at the sim is to take a break every half hour and get up and walk around the house or make a trip up and down the stairs a few times if you have them.

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It affects my attitude. 

 

- I'm happy after a nice flight.

- I get grumpy if I don't get a sim flight in once in a while.

- I feel sad when FSX OOMs.

- I feel angry when FSX OOMs.

- I feel sleepy when my flight is just a little too long.

 

and most importantly...

 

- I get annoyed when my wife starts talking to me on short final. :lol:

 

Oh, I can relate to this 101%. You hit the bullseye!

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My wallet's health suffers more than mine. :rolleyes:

 

 

jime

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Their are people who sit at workstations for 60 to 80 hours a week working on major projects like for Pixar or Weta or even just programmers in huge corporation etc......4 hours of Flight Sim is nothing by comparison.

 

If you are flight simming for 60 to 80 hours a week then you are a nutter  :p0504:

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The 777 release back in September 2013 and my subsequent purchase of a yoke put a crimp on my usual 20 miles of jogging each week.  I gained around 10-12 pounds from all that extra "cockpit time" a.k.a. sitting on my butt.  Fortunately, a few months later I got back down to my normal weight.  Auto cruise is a wonderful thing.

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It's cost me a few girlfriends which then effected my health. I'd have them round, do the business and want to get rid of them so I could do a quick flight before work etc etc.

 

I learnt quickly there's more to life than flightsims

It's cost me a few girlfriends which then effected my health. I'd have them round, do the business and want to get rid of them so I could do a quick flight before work etc etc.

 

I learnt quickly there's more to life than flightsims

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It's cost me a few girlfriends which then effected my health. I'd have them round, do the business and want to get rid of them so I could do a quick flight before work etc etc.

 

 

Baahaaa this is about the funniest thing I have ever heard. 

I always thought that after business time and someone was overly chatty the best line was "Um, aren't those your shoes over there?" just to get rid of them so you can sleep but......for flight sim time????

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