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The dangers of video game addiction

Recent studies show that heavy gamers are more depressed than moderate gamers - but is gaming the cause?

It's about 4pm, and an internet café in Sydney’s CBD is about half full.

The crowd of gamers are mainly university students fresh from their latest classes, blasting their way through a first-person shooter, or scurrying across the battlegrounds of a role-playing odyssey.

Some are in groups of four or five, hurling insults at each other as they play. Others are hunched over their keyboards - silent and focused.

Staff here say if a customer plays for six to eight hours they're asked to stop.

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NastyLeftHook01397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

Im a proud playstation addict. And my addiction is only getting stronger.

PoSTedUP1397d ago

it keeps me away from drugs and alcohol. i also eat healthy and exercise regularly n drink plenty of water. i'll never stop playing, video games are my serenity.

Gaming1011397d ago

Videogame addition should not be classified as an actual psychological problem - it's called being a childish idiot with no control over yourself, and no ability to tell yourself no, and no ability to prioritize your life like an ADULT.

Staying indoors and not talking to anyone is very bad for your mental health, the anti-social nature is terrible and leads to depression and axiety, look it up.

PoSTedUP1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

i play a lot but i also have priorities like work and college. i have more friends then i want and i never felt more sane than when im sitting home playing games. everyone is different. i'm sure you can "look up" that weed is bad and makes you flunk out of school but my friend who smokes everyday is a chemical engineer and aced (straight A's) some of the hardest physics (psysics 1-4) and chem (chem133-orgo2) classes my school has to offer. only an idiot would look things up and come to a conclusion w/o questioning any of it.

ATi_Elite1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

I don't have to go outside and be exposed to Radiation or Gunshots!

Gamer 4 Life!!

Gaming1011397d ago PersonalAttacksShow
Rainstorm811397d ago

I love gaming but 6 to 8 hours straight is too long for me....everything in moderation

Straightupbeastly1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

Analysts are retarded. They're gaming more because they are depressed and it's their escape. Gaming more doesn't make you depressed or more depressed. Gaming is a positive thing for most people with mental issues. It's an escape and it makes them happy. It doesn't turn them into monsters and it sure as hell won't make them depressed unless they were already depressed or are clinically depressed.

This is why you can link young mass murderers to video games. They were playing obsessively to escape their issues in real life.

MeatAbstract1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

As much as I love gaming, escaping into a fantasy world is not a healthy way of dealing with your problems.

I agree gaming can be a positive thing but it should be something you do when you want. Addiction is when something rules over you and you're a slave to it. If thats how people are with gaming, they need help.

Treian1397d ago

I call it taking a break from reality. It is good to just shut down your mind once in a while and enjoy a good pasttime.

Straightupbeastly1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

Gaming isn't a way to deal with problems it's just an escape to divert them from dwelling further into their problems. Most people come home and watch tv for hours and no one complains. Why are games such an issue with the media?

I think the major media outside of gaming is extremely jealous. They see numbers video games do and the numbers it attracts. And they're on the outside looking in trying to bring it all down at any chance they get.

iceman061397d ago

Escaping into a fantasy world is what people do on a daily basis to manage the stresses of life. Movies, music, books, and gaming are just the means by which we do this. True, if this is a crutch and you are avoiding your problems...then there is an issue. However, the issue isn't the medium by which you choose to escape...but the motive itself. The inability to cope can cause people to result to all sorts of modes of escape which include drugs, alcohol, sex, and even gaming.

takohma1397d ago

i used to be pretty heavy in playing video games. i realized it when i would rather stay in then go hang out with my friends and family. that was last year i wasnt working.

Treian1397d ago (Edited 1397d ago )

anything can be an addiction. but an addiction doesn't have to mean bad. Also, on a side note, I play WoW but in moderation.

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