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Video Game Addiction

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Saji, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Saji

    Saji Member

    Even though addiction to video games have not been recognized as an addiction, studies are proving again and again that people can get addicted to video games. I've hard about and seen people whose lives have been destroyed due to video game addiction. These people come from all walks of life and video games have greatly affected their career. There is almost no professional help for these people. Don't you think that we need to recognize video game addiction as an addiction and train people to assist these people?
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  2. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    I posted a similar question earlier concerning Internet addiction. I am not sure if the addiction is to a certain site or just the always on nature of the Internet and the ability to get information all the time, anytime. I do think people can become addicted to both video games and the Internet. I have heard of some professionals now helping those with Internet addiction so I would guess that those same professionals would assist someone with any screen type related addiction.
  3. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    I personally think it's important to have a program that addresses all forms of addiction. People can get addicted to almost anything and not just drugs and alcohol. There have been reports of a woman who got addicted to surgery and a Chinese guy addicted to using his bones and flesh for the sake of art. At the end of the day, everyone who gets addicted to anything to the point of ruining their life needs immediate psychological help. That way, they'll be back to normal.
  4. Ronsa

    Ronsa Active Contributor

    Human beings can get addicted to everything and lost self-control in preventing himself from overdoing something. The state of getting addicted to limited number of activities to the state of losing control in life balance should be taken care of. The addicted person requires someone to help them resume to normal life.
  5. jdroc

    jdroc Active Contributor

    Yes, Yes human can get addicted to anything. Even a healthy habit can become destructive if overly done.
  6. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    Yes, I think it would be ultimately good for society to see this and to nip it at the bud, but I honestly think that many parents nowadays are more able to give their children understanding and guidance far better than any previous generation has ever been able to so I'm confident that this is one of the addictions that probably wouldn't get very rampant. Of course there are still bound to be those neglectful ones who allow video games and media to raise their child but like I said, as long as there is guidance from parents, since video game addiction should be relatively easy to spot, I think it can be detected and stopped in early stages in a much simpler manner than on many other addictions.
  7. Serena

    Serena Active Contributor

    Wow. I have certainly learned something new. I never knew of people being addicted to video games. It is my assumption that this is something that happens more often in western countries because here in my country, many people cannot afford video games because of the extremely high of them here. Any money earned needs to be spent on more important materials. All in all, an addiction is an addiction and like any other addiction, this is something that people need to be helped with resolving. It would be good to have support groups and therapists who are skilled and trained in these areas of addiction.
  8. kevinkimers

    kevinkimers Community Champion

    Oh boy is it out there. I live with three guys that are addicted. One of them is so bad, that's all he does. He sleeps on the couch by his computer rather then go to his bed because it is to far from his computer. From the moment he wakes up to the moment he goes to sleep, he's on the game. We have to harass him to get him to do his chores.
  9. La.oui

    La.oui Member

    Actuall, Saji, videogames and internet addiction has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as an possible addition to their manual as a formal disorder. Of course, with Psychology being a science, research must come first before this. Here's a link to the discussion and declaration of interest for those who want to take a look. :)

    http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Internet Gaming Disorder Fact Sheet.pdf
  10. jdroc

    jdroc Active Contributor

    I just read an article about how fast paced games can boost your brain power. No lie. They had experts and everything lol.
  11. dpaige707

    dpaige707 Member

    Video game addiction was a problem for m on my phone for the past couple months. I would spend at least 3 or 4 hours playing mobile games, whether it was Clash of Clans, Marvel Alliance or some other game. I noticed because my phone charger port started getting loose and I noticed how long I sat down with my phone in my hand. The charger port loosening is probably the best thing that could have happened because now the charger won't charge while I'm holding it. I have started doing other thing s more like disc golf and biking, but mobile games will suck you in before you know it.
  12. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    They can be addictive for some people, but it's different for everyone, and to what degree will vary. Keep in mind that games are made that way intentionally, to keep people playing.

    I think that anything can become addictive. I know people who I quite seriously believe are addicted to TV.
  13. Saraldra

    Saraldra Member

    It depends on the person, some people are more susceptible to addiction in all it's forms. Some people view videogames as a form of escapism and if the person has a lot of stress and problems in their regular life, they will play games more and more to avoid facing their problems in the real world.

    Like other forms of media, Videogames are not inherently bad or addictive, but they can promote bad habits.
  14. rabst

    rabst Active Contributor

    No, we do not need to "recognize video-games as addictive" or "train people to assist the addicts." It's just like any other obsession---useful in its place, and the cure for 'too much' is to focus somewhere else (usually the Holy Bible :D ).
  15. Zyni

    Zyni Community Champion

    Good post. Very true. Even books can be addictive when reading becomes a form of escapism. I think video games just have a certain stigma attached to them. As I said, I know some people who watch so much TV that they never get anything done, yet somehow playing video games "seems" worse if played a lot.

    Even exercise can become addictive for some people. Nearly anything can become addictive without moderation.
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  16. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I thought video games addiction was being recognized already with all those news about it. Just like the news of those who have died while gaming for long hours and those who have stole or kill someone just because of online games. Those are obvious cases of addiction. IMO
  17. sammy

    sammy Active Contributor

    I think professionally it is likely more recognized. In general, it's likely harder for individuals and families to really recognize and take the addiction seriously.
  18. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    I'm not sure how to really address this type of addiction. It is in no part on the level of other illicit drugs. I was addicted to video games while growing up and throughout adulthood. I played it when I wasn't working or doing school work. So I don't really see a problem with video games. Now if i completely ignored everything in life and all I did was play video games, then that would be a problem.

    I don't see myself selling my body into prostitution just to get a video game fix.
  19. diprod

    diprod Active Contributor

    For me, it is a real addiction. I mean, there are even people who completely forget school and work just because of it. But I guess it is not as harmful as drugs that it could cause anyone death. But it could definitely cause anyone's time who would be hooked on it.
  20. fire421

    fire421 Member

    I think we do, my sister's boyfriend plays video games 14 hours daily and refuses to leave the couch. He has lost friends because of it and is soon to lose his girlfriend. I just hope he can find help and get over his addiction.