How to recognize Game Video Addiction
Video games can be addictive just as drugs or Alcohol
The video games most children play constantly open another window to a different world.
A child addicted to such games becomes tired, and spends long hours at the computer.
They don't eat on time and have dark circles under the eyes.
The moment the child is begins playing a game, it is impossible to get the attention of that child. The individual is in a totally different world.
Focus is not within the household and this can be problem if not stopped immediately.
I know of an individual who spends ten hours and with little breaks in between the video games played.
This is most annoying. It is difficult to get the child away from that computer.
He won't stop playing the game. When he is asked to stop playing he says ''I will just now,'' or ’'I will go to bed earlier tonight. ''This is often heard from the child but he fails to keep up to his word.
On line video games are downloaded to the computer, or are bought.
To keep this lad away from the process is not a simple task.
Too much of conflict is used in conversations, making the child and parent feel like they are at each mother’s throats.
Sometimes the stress built up from college allows for this kind of behavior.
To get away from the loads of college work or studying makes the child feel free.
It is a stress buster but the continuous playing of these games can be most addictive.
While playing these games all day, or for many hours one becomes withdrawn from a social life.
Eating at different times, just as when one is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
· The younger group is more vulnerable to video game addiction.
The addiction provides a certain amount of comfort.
· Look out for the following symptoms in video game addiction:
Mostly children play video games. When adults play the video games and lie about it that is an addiction.
What supposed to be a pleasure for an adult has become a guilt.
It is uncontrollable when one has started playing the video game.
The continuous playing of the video game even when it not a pleasurable time.
The individual becomes withdrawn from reality, away from friends and family making social the life bleak.
You will notice the change in moods such as, anxiety, depression, and when not playing the video game.
The individual becomes restless, and wants to be at that computer only then would they feel satisfied.
Anger sets in and when you try to get them away from the video game they feel frustration toward you.
Parents can feel they are in the wrong in such situations.
The person buys many different video games and will be the happiest when playing these games. It is like nothing or no one matters around such individuals.
Conversations of the video game, especially when in other conversations are another symptom that should not be ignored.
The individual will often speak of the video game, and feels good talking about this is a sign of having an obsessive mind of the game.
Other interests of a normal life are lost.
There is often an excuse to play the video game.
There is no control in time spent playing the video game.
Assuming they have two hours of playing the game, the two hours does not feel enough, and can go on for ten hours, or more without time-out.
When the gamer has started a video game, everything else is not important and time is never efficient.
They neglect their personal lives.
The individual can be defensive when asked to stop playing the video game.
· What are the side effects of video game addiction?
Playing the game for many hours can lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
I remember this when I had spent many hours on-line a few years ago, when I first started writing and felt my wrist sore, and swollen.
By spending the many hours as I have at that made me realize how easily one could let go of oneself when working on line.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause migraine headaches due to the intense focus of the eyes. The strain on the eyes causes the headaches.
· Why does that happen?
The lack of sleep and change in the pattern of sleeping is disturbed allowing for such complications.
The over playing of the video game allows the brain to be over stimulated and this leads to insomnia.
The lack of movement or seated for many hours in one position makes the individual tired and sleepy. Yet the individual won't listen to their bodies symptoms and goes on playing the game.
The video game addiction can be treated like you would treat drug or alcohol addiction.
An idea to beat the habit of video games as follows:
Try work out the hours one has played the game for the whole week.
If you are shocked by the hours played then STOP immediately.
An addict plays video games for twenty four hours and more per week.
If you are in this position think about how you are wasting your precious time.
Finding out more about the chosen game will put you off from buying it.There are no surprises waiting for you from the actual game.
The game will sound boring to play after reading through the details on the cover.
Play with friends and avoid playing alone this will allow you to stop when your friends don't want to play anymore.
In other words your time will be reduced when playing the video game.
Do you think video games are shown to increase brain power (volume of gray matter), or to improve hand to eye co-ordination?
The vision, reduce stress, depression, or to improve your decision in making skills and to keep you happy in old age?
I think it is the worst hobby any individual could ever think of having as a part of their normal lives because there is no normal life with excessive playing of video games.
If you think that video-games can improve you as a person you ARE wrong on that note.
It is like when some individuals say ''red wine is good for the heart problems,'' and then you get those who will have more than a bottle of wine a night, thinking it will help them with their heart condition.
The brain activity is increased when playing the video games and this makes the individual feel less restless.
It takes will power to stop playing the video games if you don't have will power you are doomed.
Everything in life can be a pleasure if you don't abuse your time in being active with a certain activity.
The real pleasure fades when individuals start to make the activity the only focus to the brain.
The lack of studying shows when your child is going downhill in studies too little time to spare for proper learning or homework is not completed on a daily basis.
Little chores around the house and keeping their room neat and tidy is not a promise to keep.
'I will do it'' or 'I am going outside soon,'' are all spoken but not spoken of with a clear mind the game has taken over their minds leaving you with arguments and lots of frustration to live by.
It depends on the individual. If the person playing a game does not know when to stop that is difficult to handle in some situations. In many cases the issue could cause problems with the rest of the family.
Males play video games more than females. It is normal for males to have the addiction more than females.
Get a life and avoid video game addiction. People around you tend to lose communication and that special connection you have with family, and friends slips away over time.
Any addiction gets in the way of a normal family life only when it happens to you do you know what the experience is all about to cope with the individual.
You wish your child will stop the bad habit but the bad habit lives on due to troubled family issues or poor communication.
The bad habits picked up from a friend can ruin a good child's nature but you should not always blame another for what you child is doing wrong. Every individual has a mind of their own.
When the individual is older they should show responsibility and if they are younger video games should not be allowed.
Control is required to prevent a child from going into the wrong direction.
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