(WLNS) – For some smartphone games are a way to pass time, but for others they become an addiction.
After a California man spent weeks playing “Candy Crush” non-stop he started having trouble moving his left thumb.
When the man went to the doctor, he mentioned he had been playing Candy Crush for about 6-8 weeks non-stop.
CBS News says the 29-year-old man had recently left the military and was simply playing as a way to pass time.
Doctors told the man the pain in his left thumb was due to a torn tendon. Now the man may need surgery to repair the ruptured tendon.
Video game fanatics are encouraged to limit gaming to about 30 minutes per day. Doctors say while video game play can have social and emotional benefits, the opposite is possible if people play for more than an hour per day.
If you or someone you know needs help with video game addiction, visit On-Line Gamers Anonymous.