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Video Game Addiction

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

  1. Dasjdas2

    Dasjdas2 Member

    Video games are very much addictive to me. I have a eleven year old son who loves to play them. If I would not set limits on how long he plays then he would sit up all night playing. There are times when his eyes get blood shot red and watery. He then gets so tired that I do not understand anything he is talking about. Video games are very addicted.
  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I haven't seen it get that bad before. I never knew people could loose there jobs over video games. I guess if you over do anything it can be bad for you. I used to play video games all day. I just limit my time on the games it makes them more fun when I play that way.
  3. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I think video game addiction is real. Just look at how much of life you miss sitting I'm front of that screen for so many hours? Not to mention that it cost money to buy games and then you could develop health problems from sitting too much. Unless you are doing something like wii fit.
  4. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    I think video game addiction is very much relevant. With the popularity of gadgets and computers nowadays, addiction to playing games is highly possible. Before, when personal computers are not that popular here in our country, boys flock to computer shops or cafes and play DOTA all day, every day. Some even cut their classes just to play them all day. So yes, video games can really be addictive.

    With regards to help for people addicted to video games, it is very much needed. I think any addiction needs some treatment or therapy. Just like addiction to drugs or nicotine, addiction to playing games is also very rampant especially among teenage boys here. There has to be a line between playing for fun and being addicted to it already.
  5. SLTE

    SLTE Community Champion

    Sure, I'd say it's real. I've heard stories of people playing games for so long that they just died in their chairs. I don't think it's quite as physical addictions to drugs, for example, but depending on your personality...

    I suppose I was at least a little addicted to video games as a kid, and I still play them now. Fortunately, most games have endings, and those are the games I tend to play. I stay away from seemingly endless titles (MMOs, mainly) that can keep you going for a seemingly-indeterminate amount of time.
  6. KennedyBaby19

    KennedyBaby19 Active Contributor

    My ex boyfriend was addicted to video games. Its all he cared about, spent all his money on games and accessories. He would get off work and play till the next day. Good thing he was able to take naps at work or he would've been screwed. Not sure how he's doing now since he blocked me on social media when we broke up. I hope he was able to find some help.
  7. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    I believe anything done in excess can be a potential addiction and video games are no different. My son, who has OCD, was on the verge of becoming addicted to video games. Even his therapist, thought that he was getting addicted since he has obsessive tendencies already. I think people do not understand addictions that are out of the ordinary so they tend to not believe that these could be possible focus for addictions.
  8. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    There is a fine line I think between having something as an hobby, something that you enjoy doing as much as you can, but doing it to the point when it starts to take over your life.

    If you go to work, look after your family and friends and lead a fulfilling life, but like to play computer games then that's not an issue. If the computer games stop you doing those other things in your life, then that's when problems can start.
  9. SashaS

    SashaS Community Champion

    Gaming addiction is a cleverly created system. Most online games will always have an incentive for you to come back online and play more. There is always something to do or another objective to complete, another achievement to achieve. I was addicted to gaming as a teen, I never accepted the fact that it was an addiction and I can't even recall what I was thinking at that time. There are rehabilitation facilities in places like Korea for gaming addicts as it has become so bad there. I heard that a mother left her child to starve to death as she was too busy playing games at the internet cafe. Another person died from playing non-stop for 3 days, either from exhaustion or from a lack of water, that's how insane it's become.
  10. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Yes, and I think many people are addicted to video gaming and other online gaming. I have seen stories on TV of people gaming day and night. They would rather game than eat, sleep or do anything else. I mean life is all about balance and if gaming is all you are doing, you are way out of whack. Personal relationships, and your health suffers with these addictions.
  11. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    Your right and life is about balance. It's all about fulfilling your needs and while video games might be your favourite thing to do, that can't stop you from doing the other important things in your life that you need, in order to have that balanced life we all need.

    A person's favourite food might be pizza, but they can't eat that for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday for the rest of their life. If they do then they'll lose the other nutritional goodness they'll need, and that's the same regarding video games. It can be part of your life, not the only thing in your life.
  12. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    There was a time when many youngsters were totally hooked on video games that they found it difficult to even spare the time to get something to eat. Nowadays this type of behaviour is not so prevalent mainly because there is the now smartphone which seems to have to have taken pride of when it comes to device addiction.
  13. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    recently, I read about video addiction on other thread on this forum. According to a certain user, her boyfriend is so addicted to video addiction that he does not get up even to have food. If the situation as severe as this, video addiction can be very lethal.
  14. Kyler

    Kyler Active Contributor

    I have a different way of thinking about video game addiction. I'm speaking from experience and others might disagree but the truth of the matter is, I've seen people who are addicted to video games, manage other addictions much much better. I know a family member that has basically gotten into video games and stopped being addicted to other things, although it's not always a good thing to be playing a lot of video games, but it is a way of leisure, as it also can take away your social life, but hey, some people don't like social things anyway.

    I am a person that enjoys video games, and I have seen myself being addicted to it at times, but it's not that big of a deal to me because I can quit any time you know.
  15. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think in that circumstance, all they've done is replace one addiction with another one though and that's not fixing the problem.

    While being addicted to video games might not be as serious as an addiction to drugs for example, that person still needs to find a way to break the addiction.
  16. Kyler

    Kyler Active Contributor

    Maybe you're right Pwarbi. I also think about it in that particular way, however, the question is replacing an addiction with another harmful? Is it as much harmful as we make it out to be? That is a genuine question. I am actually going to make a topic about that right now. I personally think it is not that harmful in some cases.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think in some cases your probably right and just because it can be harmful for one person, doesn't necessarily mean its harmful for another.

    If the video game addiction is affect other areas if your life, then obviously it might be something you need to take a look at.
  18. Jack Wallace

    Jack Wallace Senior Contributor

    I strongly believe that video game addiction exists. It has all the features we need to classify an addiction - losing jobs, money, education, friends and relatives, withdrawal symptoms like cold sweats and anger; developing migraines and back problems and unfortunately - death. Moreover, it is happening around the globe, but mainly in United States, the United Kingdom, and different parts of Asia (China, South Korea, Japan)
  19. Wookad

    Wookad Member

    definitely yes! I playing video games too, but they are for me just relax after a long day at work, like to watch a film or listen to fav music. but my friend is really addicted to them. but unfortunately, I can't deal with it :( he has to understand it independently

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  20. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Wookad you're right.. he must recognize he's addicted and then do something to change that.... :/