Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

Four Lessons Role Playing Games Can Teach You About Fitness


In most people's minds, gamers are the furthest thing from the muscular, toned athletes they aspire to be...possibly because video games are often blamed for breeding a generation of couch potatoes. But In fact, there are many fit gamers out there, and many of them will cite parallels with the RPGs they know and love… » 3/20/15 6:00am 3/20/15 6:00am

The Complete Guide to Choosing (or Building) the Perfect Standing Desk

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your… » 1/28/15 8:00am 1/28/15 8:00am

Exercise vs. Diet: Which Is More Important for Weight Loss?

Being healthy is simple, right? "Eat less, move more." That's easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to health and fitness. Recommendations like this are blanket statements that don't address practicality—so when it comes down to it, which is more important? Diet, or exercise? » 1/05/15 6:00am 1/05/15 6:00am

Approach Fitness Like a Video Game and Start Leveling Up

Gamers like me spend hours leveling up our characters so that they're stronger and faster and can defeat enemies more easily. Why not try that in real life? I realized that I could use this mindset with my health, and was surprised to find that gaming had prepared me to reach my fitness goals. » 12/02/14 2:00pm 12/02/14 2:00pm

Video Games Helped Me Say Goodbye To My Father

A few days before my dad died in August, I got the call I'd been dreading from my mother. She told me it was time to come home for my dad's last days. I live in California, and they live in Alabama. I packed up my PS4, super slim PS3 and PS Vita—alas, my desktop PC was too big—and made the journey. » 11/28/14 2:00pm 11/28/14 2:00pm

Kotaku UK spoke to Brittany, the wife of Eric, who received a unique gun from the creators of Destiny after he underwent brain surgery. If you'd like to know who he is, what happened to him and how Destiny's helping him heal, you can check out the article here. » 11/14/14 7:00am 11/14/14 7:00am

The Healthiest Foods for One-Handed Snacking While Gaming

Eating while you're playing games is an art unto itself. The wrong food will either gunk up your controller or your arteries, and probably both. Here are some of the best alternatives for keeping your console and your body clean. » 11/05/14 5:00am 11/05/14 5:00am

35-Year-Old Man Screws Up His Neck by Playing With His Phone in Bed

Swiping, checking your phone, and playing games in bed seem like a good idea, that is until you hear about the middle-aged man who's now got the neck of a 70-year-old. » 10/27/14 7:40am 10/27/14 7:40am

Superhero Workout Turns Your Exercise Routine Into a Story-Driven Game

iOS: Gamifying workouts is nothing new, but Superhero Workout, a new game from the developers of Zombies, Run!, changes things up a bit by adding an actual story to your workout. » 8/21/14 12:30pm 8/21/14 12:30pm

Staring At A Computer All Day (Or Night) Totally Does Affect Your Eyes

Do you spend more than seven hours a day parked in front of a computer monitor? Results from a newly published study suggest you could be stripping your "tear film" of a component that helps keep your eyes clean, lubricated and healthy. » 6/21/14 8:00am 6/21/14 8:00am

One City In China Is Cracking Down On Net Cafe Smokers

Secondhand smoke is terrible, but good luck getting away from it when you visit an internet cafe in China. In recent years, restrictions on smoking have been passed on locations such as restaurants and net cafes, but even so, people still smoke. Now, in China's city of Wuhan, the authorities are cracking down. » 6/04/14 7:00am 6/04/14 7:00am

Man Suffers Brain Hemorrhage After Three-Day Gaming Marathon

A young man in China's Hunan province was sent to the hospital last week in what looked like another case of a sudden death in an internet cafe. Luckily, the man is still alive. » 5/26/14 5:40am 5/26/14 5:40am

​A Health Game That Claims It'll Improve Your Vision

For a game that says it'll make your eyeballs work better, Ultimeyes isn't exactly a work of art. It's a work of science, though, one that presents a series of eye-training challenges in game-like form. After playing it a few times this week, I feel like it might actually work. » 4/18/14 5:30pm 4/18/14 5:30pm

What Happens When Your Limbs Fall Asleep

Having risen from countless couch (or bathroom) gaming sensations to find my arms or legs assaulted by a million pins and needles, I am very interested in knowing what the hell is going on when my body parts fall asleep. Here's DNews with the sweet science. » 3/03/14 5:00pm 3/03/14 5:00pm

Not All Kids Think Video Games Are Good For You

Now that YouTuber Game Dave and his army of young, free-spelling youngsters have weighed in on the console war, it's time to tackle a tougher issue — are video games bad for you? » 2/04/14 2:31pm 2/04/14 2:31pm

The Kitchen Gadgets Worth Your Money

In case you haven't noticed, we love gadgets around here. In fact, our list of our favorite kitchen gear quickly became far too long for a single article, so we're splitting it in half. We present to you our favorite Kitchen Gadgets, and stay tuned in the near future for our favorite Cooking Gear. As always, we… » 11/09/13 10:14am 11/09/13 10:14am

Study Shows Playing Video Games Really Can Make Your Brain Bigger

Previous research on whether playing video games can make us smarter has been mixed, but a new study demonstrates a very tangible effect of playing video games: Parts of the brain can get bigger. » 11/06/13 10:30am 11/06/13 10:30am

Chinese Health Study: Video Games Making Children Dumb

China has released various studies in the past about the adverse effects of video games on the development of young people. Over the weekend the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Wuhan, Hubei province released a report showing that more than half the city's teenagers have less understanding about life and death… » 6/03/13 7:00am 6/03/13 7:00am