Joystick Java: Over 1.7 Million Online Gamers in Arizona Suffer from Insomnia, Finds Study

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  • In Arizona, online gamers are among those most affected nationally by insomnia caused by online gaming (in 18th place).
  • Gamers in Show Low are the most affected in the state.

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. 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% reported this to be the case. On a more localized scale, 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% of all gamers living there.

Similarly, one would have expected that San Francisco would have come ontop 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 (EA) 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% of the local population.

When it comes to Arizona, the survey found that Arizona online gamers are among the most affected by insomnia – in 18th place overall. Here, 23% say they are sleep deprived due to their gaming activities, which equates to 1,700,839 people! was also able to identify specifically which towns and cities across Arizona are the most impacted – they found the local gamers in Show Low (27%) are the most affected by insomnia. 

The top 5 most sleep deprived cities in Arizona due to online gaming are:

1. Show Low: 27%
2. St. Johns: 26%
3. Lake Havasu City: 26%
4. Globe: 26%
5. Yuma: 26%

The top 5 most sleep deprived states due to online gaming are:

1. Virginia: 30%
2. Alabama: 28%
3. Kentucky: 27%
4. Indiana: 26%
5. South Carolina: 26%

Interactive map showing the most sleep deprived towns or cities in each state, caused by online gaming

Commenting on the study, Holger Sindbaek from 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.”

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