Joystick Java study finds 9 Million online gamers in California suffer from insomnia

In today’s digital era, online gaming has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Going beyond the sheer fun and entertainment of games like Solitaire, it’s a platform that harnesses an array of benefits for its enthusiasts, including cognitive development, and more importantly-combatting loneliness: in a world where social isolation is becoming increasingly prevalent, online gaming offers a unique refuge.

However, every rose has its thorn. The engrossing nature of online gaming can sometimes be its Achilles’ heel. Gamers, captivated by the virtual realms, often find themselves lost in gameplay, stretching sessions well into the early hours. This dedication, while commendable, has given rise to concerns about insomnia induced specifically by extended gaming hours.

Online-Solitaire.com recently commissioned a study to find out how online gamers are affected by insomnia. They ran a nationwide survey and then combined these results from official data from County Health Rankings to reveal where America’s most sleep deprived gamers reside.

The study found that online gamers in Virginia are the most affected by insomnia, where 30 percent reported this to be the case. On a more localized scale, Online-Solitaire.com was able to identify the most sleep deprived online gamers within each state. For example, the town of Eutaw in Alabama (population 2,800) may not be particularly well known nationwide, but it placed first in the country overall for online gamers with a sleep problem. 968 ‘Eutawnians’ are self-confessed sleep deprived gamers, representing 35 percent of all gamers living there.

Similarly, one would have expected that San Francisco would have come on top in the state for online gamers with insomnia. Afterall, the city is home to a significant number of tech companies and startups. It is also home to companies like Electronic Arts and Zynga.

However, the top spot for online gaming insomnia belongs to far further south in San Bernardino. Here there are 59,415 gamers who don’t get enough sleep, representing 27.4 percent of the local population.

When it comes to California state, the survey found that 23 percent say they are sleep deprived due to their gaming activities, which equates to 9,012,504 people.

Commenting on the study, Holger Sindbaek from Online-Solitaire.com said: “Numerous studies have highlighted the benefits of online gaming, from cognitive growth, to a way of forging enduring friendships, especially for those suffering from loneliness. However, akin to all facets of life,moderation is key. It’s important to strike a balance between online gaming and attending to life’s other demands, including the pivotal need for restful sleep.”