Video Games and Addiction

Video game addiction is an excessive or compulsive use of computer games or video games, which interferes with a person’s everyday life. Video game addiction may present as compulsive game-playing; social isolation; mood swings; diminished imagination; and hyper-focus on in-game achievements, to the exclusion of other life events.(Source Wikipedia)

Video game addiction is something that is becoming very common in todays world,  it is growing quiet vastly and is a problem that is slowly having support to help those with the addiction. Some might say that there is nothing such as video game addiction but personally I tend to disagree. For me it is an addiction if it interferes with your day to day living or affects your mental or physical being. You have people dieing of thirst or from hunger from playing video games and those whose social lives are ruined as they now never interact with those they used to know. It has broken up familes with one partner so glued to the game that they forget to tend or interact with their family leading to a break down in relationships. If these sort of things happen then it is surly altering how the people live their lifes and the effect it is having upon them are leading to negative actions then this must be a form of addiction.

But what causes the addiction, is it the story of a game, the gameplay itself or is their another factor. Could it be the person who is playing the game finds that by playing it makes life easier for him/herself and they are getting away from any troubles they may be having and this is an easy way out for them. Or is it something chemical happening in their brain, it is something similiar like when we enjoy having a piece of chocolate, the chemical dopamine gives our brian a stimulis, coul it be that when the person is playing a certain game that they get this chemical reaction and then they have a need for more an more of it and eventually this craving is constantly there.

Unfortunatly their is not much research gone into video game addicition at the moment and it is something that I think should be taken serious and looked into quiet extenstivily.

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