Gaming Addiction - More Serious Than You Think


Gaming Addiction - More Serious Than You Think

There are many forms of addiction and it's not just associated with alcohol, drugs, gambling or foods. When an individual is addicted they are mentally, emotionally and sometimes physically dependent on their behaviors. No matter what a person is addicted to, there are consequences that arise from their physical or emotional behaviors.


There are many young people and adults as well that are addicted to playing online games. This can have an effect on a person's relationships, their job or career, a person's attendance or grades in school and on their physical and mental well-being. The same thing holds true for people that are addicted to playing video games. When a person has an addiction to computer games, online gaming or video games their excessive and compulsive behavior interferes with their daily life.

Adolescents and teens are usually more likely to become addicted to video games which many researchers refer to as 'pathological video gaming'. According to a study that was done the kids that are more apt to become addicted to video games are the ones that spend an enormous amount of time playing them, they may have trouble fitting in with other children, and are more impulsive than kids that aren't addicted. When a child is eventually addicted to video games they are more apt to become depressed, become anxious or have other social phobias.

When a child or an adult is addicted to games whether it's on the computer or it's a video game they not only neglect their normal daily routines but their health can suffer. Some people smoke or snack the whole time they play and others neglect to eat. Sitting for hours on end playing games is also unhealthy. Many young people either hang out at internet cafes or stay in their rooms for hours or days on end.

There's also a form of withdrawal that's associated with gaming or video game addiction. Compulsive thoughts, depression, moodiness or anxiety can be experienced by individuals when they're unable to play their games.

People also can become addicted to the internet and this is referred to as internet addiction, internet addiction disorder (IAD) and net addiction. When a person has a compulsive need to spend an enormous amount of time on the internet and it affects their relationships, work and health they have a serious problem.

It's not just adolescents and teens that can become addicted to computer, video or online games, adults do too. Computer, video, internet or online gaming affects people all over the world and is becoming a major problem. Unfortunately you don't have to be the one 'addicted' for it to affect your life.

It's important that the amount of time a child is able to spend playing video games or computer games be monitored and that their school and home responsibilities be met first. It's also important that a child's social skills don't suffer either. Children and teens need time to communicate and interact with friends and family and it's important that they get as much physical activity as possible.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a form of professional treatment that has been successful treating some people that find themselves addicted to the internet or online games. This form of treatment helps the individual change the way they think, believe and react to situations. People respond well to CBT when this form of therapy is used for internet addiction.

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