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How to Recognize Game Video Addiction

Updated on April 6, 2017
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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While playing these games all day or for many hours one becomes withdrawn from a social life.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The individual becomes withdrawn from reality, away from friends and family making social the life bleak.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 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, 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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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tehgyb yeah sounds like you are the one thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kerlund74 thank you for sharing and your thoughts here and for the vote up I appreciate you stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Made video games are so not an option thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Don Colfax 3 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Damn. You caught me. Haha

      Nice hub!

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      Great written hub. Lot of facts and information about game addiction. I think to many hours in front of games make us passive and less creative. Great presentation of ways to brake an addiction. Voted!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Great hub about a very important subject! I think video game addiction is a big problem today. I guess many parents aren't aware of how much their children are playing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Dolores you are so right ''Some of these poor kids become so obsessed, they talk about the stupid games as if they are life.''Thank you for sharing your thoughts I appreciate your time and effort.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Get a life is the best advise. When my kids were young I would not allow video games in the house. Some of these poor kids become so obsessed, they talk about the stupid games as if they are life.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Suzanne the addiction is inside most of us for something or the other if controlled you can keep this at bay. Thank you for sharing your comments.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Haha, this reminds me a bit of my addiction to Hubpages! But I do have 2 kids who like to play wii and I have to force them to stop when it is time (usually after 1 hour of play). I let them have that hour regularly, but find if the time goes for longer, they get the dark circles and withdrawal behaviour as mentioned.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Crystal Tatum I appreciate you making the time to stop by at my hubs thank you.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I think just about anything can be addictive. It's too bad that kids are spending so much time in front of their computers an TVs these days.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC definitely it is a sad issue when one becomes addicted a pleasure should not be abused. Thank you for sharing whats on your mind on How to Recognize Game Video Addiction.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      mylindaelliott thank you for sharing your thoughts here I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There's lots of good information in this hub, DDE. I've never been interested in playing video games, but I've known some people who love them. I wouldn't say that anybody that I've known has been addicted to playing the games, but a couple of them have been very close! It's especially sad when a child or teenager becomes addicted.

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Good information about video game addiction. I have an adult son that gets cranky and angry when he plays too much video games.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sunshine625 ''They are a good escape at times'' that is true. Thank you for sharing your comments here I appreciate your efforts.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I think video games are a good exercise for the brain, when done in moderation, not as an addiction. I have been addicted to games a few times, but my addictions were for a few minutes at a time. They are a good escape at times :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. Control works well to avoid them buying the product, get hem to do other activities it is difficult when this happens once a child's mind is deviated from the problem they will not find the time for it. Thank you for the vote up, interesting and useful I appreciate your kindness.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway well said ''Everyone has something.'' Thank you for stopping by appreciate your kindness.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nell I too find video games a bore thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      How right you are to bring this subject to attention. I have tried in vain to get my grandchildren out and about to enjoy the great outdoors and what it has to offer, but sadly in vain. Video games in all their forms have changed the lifestyle of at least three generations and it is sad. How do you stop it ? The media is a powerful tool and has found an ally in constant advertising. Video games can be as addictive just as drugs or alcohol is a Great article. Voted up,interesting and useful.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I am not a video gamer, although for a short spell I was a little over the top with Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. Now I write a little obsessively. Everyone has something.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I know a few people who should read this, for me video games are totally boring! lol!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eiddwen well said directly and thank you for the comment.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Video games do not interest me in the least but this hub will be so useful for many.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Faith so kind of you to stop by at my hubs thank you for the vote up, more and shared.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscrafts you are so right thank you for sharing your thoughts here I appreciate your efforts at my hubs.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Great article. Yes, even some adults are addicted that I know, and I think children should spend more time outdoors every chance they get! The side effects are truly disturbing. I do not have the time to play games, and if I did, I do not think I would, as I am always busy doing something else I enjoy.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Video games can be quite addictive for children! But a lot of adults also play a lot of games and addicted to them. When there is a parent addicted to video games, it takes precious time on what should be family time and it gives a bad example to the children.

      I am glad that I don't like to play video games; in fact the rare times I played a game, it made me quite nervous! So I don't enjoy that feeling at all!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ziyena hmm so correct ''especially if you're trying to hide from the world'' thank you for sharing your comment here.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thank you kindly for sharing your valuable thoughts here

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you for stopping by at my hubs I appreciate your time and effort

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      ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      I have to admit that at one time I did have a serious case of WOWitis ... mmorpg is quite addicting, especially if you're trying to hide from the world. Get out while you still can and smell the roses before it's too late ...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Video game addiction is quite serious, and the side effects you point out are no laughing matter either. Hope those who need it, will take your advice. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know some adult friends who need to read this. I have never enjoyed video games so no worries here.