Video Game Addiction
Video games, whether played on the internet using your computer, or on a console such as the Xbox or Playstation, have the ability of entertaining our minds while drawing in the whole of our attention away from what may be a stressful or boring world around us.
The allure of video games begins at a young age, just think about the screaming child who wants to visit the arcade at the mall so badly, often to the great displeasure of the adults who have other plans. So where does this impulse control disorder get its roots?
Fact: Video game addiction is just like any other impulse control disorder. Treatment of video game addiction depends on the severity of the case. For mild cases, such as a child who plays too much Xbox or Playstation, simply provide alternative means by which they may entertain themselves. More radical solutions include complete restriction from extended use of the computer/console, instituting a schedule within which the child may pursue electronic entertainment, and removal of these devices from the home. More intense cases of video game addiction should be treated by a professional before any life-changing choices are made by loved ones.
Fact: Video game addiction is a real issue, with real consequences. Ask any gamer if they've ever heard about someone being divorced or falling seriously ill due to spending too much time on the computer or console. The answer will, for the most part, be yes.
Fact: Producers and Developers of video games WANT people to become addicted. Just like tobacco companies, game makers produce and design games which are tailored to draw the attention of the player in further and further. The more a player plays a game, the more likely they are to purchase other games by the same company or in the same series of games. Just look at Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto and games like them. Each of these games is basically endless and offers hours of entertainment to the player, easily hooking people and creating a devoted fanbase of people willing to spend hundreds of dollars and thousands of hours playing these games.
Possible Causes of Video Game Addiction
Video games are fun and come in all flavors and varieties. There really is a game to entertain anyone out there, and if you've ever played a game on the internet, you know that there are lots of places to play a free game. Console gaming may be a little more pricey, but offers nearly endless opportunities for gameplaying also.
So, with a universe of gaming at your disposal, the likelihood of becoming addicted, whether you know it or not, is pretty high. Here are some causes of addiction as relates to video games:
- Change of pace - Video games take us away from our real life for a while, replacing a stressful or boring environment with a digital world where we are regaled with sights and sounds we could only imagine before.
- Control - While playing video games of any type, there is one aspect of play that is undisputable fact: The player controls the game. This may be a balm on the spirit of a troubled person, and while not necessarily a bad thing, this is one cause of video game addiction that cannot be changed.
- Living a fantasy - Video games come in all shapes and colors. There are console and computer games fitting every genre imaginable, and this means that anyone can find a game which suits their personal preference. That being said, finding a game you can lose yourself in for hours and hours is not difficult - but it may be pricey.