About two months ago in Europe, there was an epic battle of Eating vs. Sleeping in the Splatoon Splatfest. Same weekend America had Water slides vs. Roller coasters and EVO 2015.
So what would you rather do? Eat things or sleep? Well, Europe overwhelmingly favoured... eating.
|63% favour Eating, 37% Sleeping. That's a landslide.|
I don't think this is a Europe-specific thing, but a (gaming) cultural thing that's worldwide. (The Japanese actually get less sleep than Western nations and everyone else.) There is an epidemic of under-sleeping in America and elsewhere, with it being a public health issue as declared by governmental bodies responsible for DEATHS. Meanwhile, eating has the opposite issue: People eat too much, not too little.
Let's look at Europe's obesity rate, a proxy for how much they're over-eating. When people make fun of the United States for being fat (and they are, don't get me wrong), don't forget that it's a worldwide thing:
|According to Withings.|
Of course, not just over-eating results in obesity. The lack of sleep results in sugar-cravings when you wake up. Overeating sugar is a fast-track to fat, which is what you'll want to do with a lack of sleep. Your body grows when you sleep and you're stunted when you ain't sleepin'.
There's a question you may have: Is there something specific to gamers that promotes eating over sleeping? If people know that they sleep too little and eat too much, why do they keep pursuing that unhealthy lifestyle?
|Is it because Kirby has more fans than Jigglypuff?|
Gamers are people of action. Generally. They want to choose the active activity rather than the passive one. That's why they're playing games and not just watching movies. Gamers don't see sleep as a choice of activity — they see it as a weakness of the body. "Sleep is for the weak", so they claim. The joys in life come from conscious indulgence, which means eating.
There's also this nasty habit for people to eat while they play videogames, which is disgusting and the subject of my ridicule. This gross multitasking activity is promoted by those in the gaming media and then perpetuated via stereotype by the mainstream media as well. And a lot of these gamers don't even recognise the problem with it because it's so engrained in their ethos that it's cool not to sleep, and eating is considered fun.
Eating isn't fun. Eating is what you need to survive. You eat enough to live and then you should stop. Meanwhile, sleeping is amazing. You can have dreams while you sleep. Fantastic creative things. You feel so much better when you wake up fully-rested than otherwise.
However, all of this sitting in front of monitor screens at night that gamers tend to do (and your author is included in this, though it's because he's writing this article late at night) overstimulates your brain. Your head can't settle down and sleep with that stimulation without considerable time of it wearing off. So that also contributes to the lack of sleep and resulting sleep disorders. Gamers have a CRAZY rate of sleep disorders.
|Gamers sleep less than the average population.|
When sleep is an enemy and eating is pleasurable, it's a big problem.
Is it any wonder that people who preferred sleep tended to win their Splatfest matches more often than the people who preferred eating? Being well-rested means they would be far more alert in their play. Sleep fatigue is equivalent to being intoxicated by alcohol in terms of ability impairment. Too bad it wasn't enough for Team Sleep to win.
...I thought Eating vs. Sleeping was a much better Splatfest idea than Europe's most-recent Messy Bedrooms vs. Tidy Bedrooms, but it also makes sense that Messy won since we're already establishing gamers as slobs who eat nachos while they use their cheesy fingers to touch their touch screens. It's logical they don't tidy up the bedrooms they barely even sleep in.
...Ugh, I'm going to have trouble sleeping tonight.
Why does KoopaTV keep publishing articles directly or indirectly inspired by Splatoon's Splatfests? Y'all are lucky that KoopaTV wasn't around during the heyday of the Wii's Everybody Votes Channel, or else that'd be all KoopaTV would write about. It goes along with KoopaTV's theme of politicising things and having your vote matter, so it really does make sense that KoopaTV loves talking about this kind of thing! What voted-on topic in the gaming community should KoopaTV write a commentary on next? Give ideas in the comments, and win points in the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program! Oh, disclosure: Ludwig has an eating disorder.
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