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Are video games addicting

Updated on May 11, 2012

When it comes to entertaining yourself, do you like to play PC games or video games? Lately, I have seen that they have come out with so much video games that if you were to buy everyone of them, then they would have a library of video games. But here is a question that can really make a person think. Is it possible for someone to really get addicted to the computer game or video game? Everyone who reads this may have their own opinion of whether or not video games can be addicting but one thing for sure is that it can be possible to get addicted to video games.

Children, teens and even adults can get bored throughout the course of the week and so they keep themselves entertained with playing a video or pc game. With all the video games out there, it is no wonder children really like to play video games, this can also go with adults too. Video or PC games were made to make one think of strategy when playing the games. But what happens when one gets too focused on the game daily that they don't want to do anything else but the game no matter what kind it is? Wouldn't that be a kind of addiction to the game in a way?

I, myself, cannot really get into the video games no matter how much I try because to be honest, they kind of bore me. I would die very quickly in the many missions that many of the video games have. I tried to play the auto theft game but I was no good at it because I always got caught by the cops and my good driver instincts came in everytime there was a red light. So you can imagine how that went. One game I did enjoy was the golf game, which if you ask me now the name of it, I do not know which one it is. But after a while that one got kind of boring and I lost interest. It was the same with PC games, one can say I am not a PC or video game person after all.

But my brother can sure get into PC games. Now he may be a little too addicted to the games but I know that one day he will realize that life isn't all about the PC games. He finds it easy to really get into those games, it really fascinates me how he knows so much about them when he may not know of other subjects you him about.

Now that summer is coming soon for the children and teens, do you think tht video games or PC games will keep them busy? Do you know anyone who is addicted to a certain games? As a parent, do you put limits on your child when it comes this things like this?

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      Priscilla 6 years ago from El Paso

      That is good that you put limits for your son. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read.

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      Priscilla 6 years ago from El Paso

      So true what you say. Thanks for stopping by to read.

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      Priscilla 6 years ago from El Paso

      Thank you, when my family played board games we really did enjoy it very much. Glad you stopped by to read.

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      Behcets and Me 6 years ago from Kent, UK

      I don't have kids, but take care of my nieces often (aged 5, 11 & 15) and they turn up at my house with their hands glued to ipods and their eyes transfixed on the screens! So, we go back to basics! I prise the machines from their firm grips and put them away and instead, I dig out the board games, jigsaws, Jenga and I have what I call the 'box of crap', which is a box that I fill with empty bottles, boxes, wrapping and with this they set about 'creating' things. We have made boats from margerine tubs and then gone for a walk down to the lake to 'race' them! Its amazing how imaginative they can be, it just takes a little of your own imagination, time and devotion, which, unfortunately, many parents dont have much of these days I feel. Great article.

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      DS Duby 6 years ago from United States, Illinois

      great comment kschang

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      kschang 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Video games are specifically designed with "game theory" and proper level rewards to keep people playing. The online games such as Zynga games? Even more so.

      The problem is the addict has changed his evaluation of different factors ... cost, risk, and reward. Somehow, the consequences of this "process addiction" is minimized, that they are no longer evaluating the same factors as the rest of us. For us, the consequences (skipping school, skipping homework, etc.) would outweigh the reward from playing. However, they are evaluating it DIFFERENTLY, that the consequences no longer matter.

      Remember, SOME people just have addictive personalities. They are prone to addiction, as their brains literally are wired to experience the dopamine highs.

      The simplest way is to replace the "bad habit" with some good ones, such as outdoor sports or physical activity. The proper way is to "realign" his factors so he *does* take the consequences into account but that will be a "hard habit to break".

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      DS Duby 6 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I have an 11 year old son and a 15 year old brother in law.And I would definitely have to say yes they are addictive. I put limits on my sons game time and he participates in baseball and basketball so his schedule is pretty full. My brother in law on the other hand has no limits put on him and is lucky to ever see the sun. He has been known to not sleep all night then play sick from school the next day. So yeah their addictive.

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