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Video game addiction, fact or myth?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by korialstraz, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. korialstraz

    korialstraz IncGamers Site Pal

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    Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    Ok so it's not the best title, but I was never good with that, so I hope you can forgive me for that :girly:

    Anyway today I read an article (a Norwegian one) about some people who said video game addiction is a word or expression which is missleading. There are some persons who have done some research on the subject of video game addiction, and what they found out is that it's not really an addiction to the game, but the persons lack of selfdiscipline or willpower. After reading the article and some discussion on it I've started to agree with this, since to me it makes sense. I won't deny people have problems caused by playing video games, but it's not the video game that's the blame (I.E. no addiction) but their ability to set boundries and to control themselves. But we should also be very carefull about where to draw the line. Obviously some people can play much more video games before it actually becomes a problem.

    So is there anyone else who feel that video game addiction is something made up for lack off better understanding of a game or a better explenation for why some people choose to play as much as they want?

    In my opinion people shouldn't tell others how to live their life, however when some people can't control it themselves they need help. Not with getting "rehab" from their "gaming addiction" but to get back in control over their own life. When you quite school/work just to play a game, someone needs to help you get back on the right track. But then there are some people who don't like to socialise with others. They'd rather stay at home and just live their own life. If they spend it playing games, who are we to say it's an addiction?

    Anyway some discussion on this subject and others view on it is much appreciated! :thumbup:
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    When I was on a 2 week roadtrip to Finland I had a real urge to play some games. Starting at about day 5.

    When I got home I did nothing but play X-Com Apocalypse for about 3 days.
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    I mean, yes and no.

    But if you can be addicted to videogames, you can be addicted to television, music, drawing, working on cars, etc. I guess any hobby can be addictive, but if it makes you happy, of course you dont want to stop. Because who doesnt like being happy?
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    Of course it exists, you can get addicted to everything , it's you that makes the addiction, not the game/food/hobby/habbit
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    I'm addicted to DiabloII.

    I stopped playing ONLY because ladder reset, and I continue to force myself not to play. But twice now (since I discovered the game) I've succumbed to the urge and spent months thinking about nothing but DiabloII and trades. Both times I was only able to stop playing because ladder reset.
     
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    But atleast you have some uptight, christian, arian vagina to come home to in between games.



     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    So you mean you can get addicted to games?

    Yes you could look at it that way. The way I see it though is that you're not nececerally (sp?) addicted to such things than you prioritize them over other stuff. But it becomes a problem when such things come before important things like school/work for example and personal hygien.

    But being "addicted" to a game is different than say drugs. With drugs it's like your body needs it, but with video games you shouldn't feel like the world is coming down around you just because you can't play games.


     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    Darn internet just ate my post :(

    I agree that people play too much because they lack willpower, but I think that for them that's all it is, playing too much. When I think of addiction I think of people doing drugs and escaping from reality. They do it so much that they no longer want anything but that escape, and have physical and mental problems when they try to drop the addiction.

    I think some video gamers can do the same thing, they become so enveloped in their gaming worlds that it becomes their escape from reality, and they have physical and mental trouble when they try to leave that reality they have created. However; I don't feel they would have become so addicted if they possessed the willpower to quit before they became addicted.

    Anyone can make something addictive, if you concentrate completely on one thing then you don't have to worry about anything else. Some things are easier then others, substances that have chemical properties that make them physically addictive are more easy to get addicted too then say your car. Video games though are easier then most non-chemical things in my opinion, as by nature they provide you with another world to spend your time in if you don't like this one. The lack of willpower and self-discipline needs to either exist or be created for someone to become truly addicted. The addiction itself once started, can sap your willpower and make it harder to break. Although even if that happens, you can rebuild those things as well and break any addiction, even if it kills you.

    Just my thoughts.
     
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    That and masturbation. I don't think I got more than 10 meters away from my friend for the entire 2 weeks. *** couples have it so easy. Except for the whole oppression by the religious right.

    But besides that *** roadtripers have it easy. All us uberstraight people can do is burn stuff and kill wildlife.



     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    Yes, you can get addicted. Like one poster said, you can get addicted to just about anything. But that is tied in to a lack of self-discipline as well. It's a lack of balance in life.

    Not true. It's the mind that needs the "fix", not the body. While it's certainly true that some drugs do create a physical need, that is only after exposure to them. The body just doesn't one day "need it", as you say. It's the mind that leads the body there.

    Knowledge is not the same as wisdom.



     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    I had to reread this a few times before I figured out what you meant. I thought you meant your friend was so addicted, you couldn't even get 10 meters away from him and he'll pull you back in.

    You just meant he didn't give you any "personal" time, right?



     
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    Right.

    10chars.



     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    You can get addicted to anything. But that doesn't mean that those things are addictive.

    Addiction is just a form of compulsive behaviour. There are people who are addicted to shopping, getting tattoos and so on. Some things however are chemically addictive.

    Original was better.

    Maybe I should give Apocalypse another chance though.

    P.S. Why not just get a laptop? Use the work one. But remember to press the "vent poisonous gases" button when prompted.



     
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    We didn't want to bring expensive electronics to Eastern Europe.
     
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    But you brought your virginal asshole. Priorities?
     
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    We keept the car doors locked and drove fastl.
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    As far as psychological addictions go, I'd say gaming is pretty high on the list. I agree a lot with what Majaii said.

    Although the older the people in a sample, the lower on the list it would get.
     
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    Re: Video game addiction, fact or myth?

    It can be just as addictive as say working (people being a workaholic is damn hard to grasp from my POV), it might not be a physical thing and you might not have physical withdrawel symptomes when rehabbing, but still... it's addictive...

    It's my only mental addiction, coffee being my only physical one...
     
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    I allways wondered how workaholic functioned. Especialy those that die from sadness after they retire. Do they just have awesome jobs or crappy homes?
     
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    I agree... with Dondrei...



     

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