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Old 02-23-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Video Game Addiciton

Hi Everyone. I hope I posted this article in the correct section. Although I spend many hours a day playing, I don't feel that I have an addiction. Then again, they tell you in an AA & NA that admitting you have an addiction is the first step. Maybe it also applies to video games. I don't think that video game "Addiciton" deserves the same level of concern as say meth addiction.

People will sat that an addiction is an addiction. But I strongly disagree. There are degrees of addiction. Some far more dangerous than others. What's worse? Playing GTA 14 hours a day or slamming heroin every chance you get?

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Old 02-23-2014, 08:03 PM   #2
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It depends if you can control the addiction. If you need to play GTA every hour that you're awake something is wrong. You can be addicted and still know when it's time to take a break.
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You can't really say one addiction is worse than another. While video games are not physically harmful to the user or those around him, if it is to the point where it can be classified as a legit addiction it must be stopped like any other addiction. We all have all day sessions, sometimes, but 14 hours a day every day ain't a good thing.
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Extra Credits described video games as non-addictive, but compelling.
You cannot be addicted to video games, but you can be overly-compelled to play.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:36 PM   #7
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I have to disagree with Extra Credit. An addiction is an addiction. If you cannot go a certain, measurable amount of time without doing something, and it gives you adverse side effects like anxiety, impatience, whatever, it's an addiction. I can see where they consider games "compelling" rather than "addicting" but I really have to disagree with their statements. I'm curious as to where they got the information that "game addiction" doesn't alter brain chemistry like an "addiction" does. Does anyone have a source for this?

Also, like Brandyn said, you can't compare one addiction to another. An addiction is a mental illness, regardless if you're shooting cocaine or brushing your teeth 90 times a day.

If you trust the DSM V then video game addiction is a legitimate mental illness and needs to be treated.
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I'm going to be honest here. Unless you has an actual PHD in psychology or something, I'm not going to take you seriously. Just having a few classes won't cut it. I've been accused of Video Game Addiction before by someone when they've only taken a few psychology courses. It pissed me of by no end because they have absolutely no idea what they are even talking about. Nothing against any of you guys but just the topic of Video Game Addiction pisses me off because of that.

It's like when someone tries to diagnose others when they are just students, or when High Schoolers think they actually know about politics and economics.

Anyway, yes Video Game Addiction is a real thing. No it's not nearly as bad as drug addiction, but it still is bad. That's all I really have to say about it, besides that I think it's silly to think it's not real.
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I can say from experience that I've neglected my family, friends, work, and school because I wanted to lock myself in my room and play games. For some its an uncontrollable addiction.
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