Ever since handheld gaming consoles hit the market, gamers of all ages realized that this meant that gaming which was once restricted to sitting at the desk, on the couch, or on the floor could now be done in the most comfortable of places: in bed. Gaming in bed, while super comfy, can be hazardous to your health. Here’s why:
For handheld devices like the Nintendo Switch, the 3DS, or even a cellphone or tablet, the most comfortable position to game in is usually lying back in bed holding the device over your face as you play. Given how relaxing this is, there’s a large chance of the unit slipping and hitting you in the face. It sounds silly, but based on experience, it happens more often than you think!
Hotbed of danger
Despite the desktop PC being the best option for PC gaming, there’s still a large market for gaming laptops. Some people still prefer the option to bring their PC gaming with them wherever they go, whether it’s the dining room, bathroom, or into bed.
The hazard here comes from how hot laptops, gaming laptops in particular can get really hot without proper ventilation. While probably not hot enough to set your sheets on fire, planting the laptop on your lap can lead to burns.
I don’t think that’s covered
If you’re like me, chances are your bed isn’t the picture of neatness, with scattered pillows and occasionally, rumpled sheets not tucked away properly. This means that devices left on the bed can get lost under the covers. While that’s not bad in itself, how often have you flipped the covers looking for your device, accidentally sending it flying? Or even worse, plopped into bed only to hear the distinct crack of your device breaking?
In conclusion, gaming in bed isn’t necessarily dangerous if one is mindful and puts away the devices properly. But getting too comfortable can be dangerous! Best leave the gaming sessions to their designated areas. Have you had any in-bed gaming accidents?