Video Game Addiction

Hello, my name is Michael and I’m Addicted to Alc… Video Games.

We all have heard it before, whether it’s on the news, the paper or the internet. People believe video games are addictive, and that brings up the questions, Are they addictive? is there something we should do? and does it effect our lives in a negative way?

OK, I’m one of the many who believe there are many real, and much greater issues that are seriously affecting the lives of both our loved ones and community, that we should be tackling instead of game addiction, but here we are.

For most gamers, this might be something that hits too close to home, I have my own addictions and still trying to help myself find a good medium between my life and gaming. But I don’t believe it’s as big as a problem that some believe it is.

That being said, awareness is important when it comes to any addiction, but it’s not as big of an issue when it comes to other addictions, like gambling or drug use. To claim it as an “addiction” is quite serious. Just doing something a lot isn’t enough to qualify as an addiction, it must have a detrimental effect on the rest of your life, your friends, family, job, etc… If you have a family member who’s an alcoholic or a compulsive gambler, you know how devastating the consequences of addiction are.

Gaming for long periods of time throughout the week is a perfectly normal thing in today’s society, games even have beneficial factors to the player, for example, can slow the aging brain, increase brain flexibility, improves eyesight and so much more. The reason why we are even discussing game addiction is because some believe its a big problem and that anything beneficial that games provide, is just not true at all.

The definition of Addiction is

“The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically orphysically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such anextent that its cessation causes severetrauma”.

Games are more Compelling than they are addictive

“Having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration,attention, or respect”.

Games sound a lot more like that, don’t they?

Addiction experts are even saying, games are not addictive. “There is nothing here to suggest that this is a complex physiological disease state akin to alcoholism or other substance abuse disorders, and it doesn’t get to have the word addiction attached to it,” said Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

I could show off many different studies the prove both sides with their studies, but there are so many different factors that all of the studies just don’t seem to have considered. It’s too much of a big subject to cover.

So instead of continuing with this post, showing off how games are good and not an addiction (its obvious that I’m pro games at this stage, no matter what) I’m going to leave you to think about how there isn’t help groups out there like there are for other addictions.

There was one place in Canada though, and after a year, the psychologist who ran it (with many other doctors) decided that games aren’t a addiction, and that we shouldn’t be looking at it in the negative way we have been.

 

References:

http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2009/05/13/pathological-video-gaming-in-k/

http://www.answers.com/article/1199247/8-benefits-to-being-a-gamer

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2007/06/24/oukin-uk-addiction-videogames-idUKN2425415820070624

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