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Attention Gamers: Living In A Virtual World Isn't Really Living

While everyone is quick to defend video games, we should probably accept that indulging in the fake as opposed to the real can definitely mess you up.

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N0TaB0T950d ago

Blah blah blah future ambulance chaser in the making.

Metallox950d ago

I don't exactly think it's just blah blah blah stuff. Now, I don't entirely agree with this guy Zimbardo, I don't think a "de-masculinization" of men is happening. That's just a generalization from media because not all men behave like this (in fact, the quantity has to be tiny) and women aren't exempt from this issue either.

But I agree that video games and pornography can lead to an irregular social development (even though these two things aren't the only factors), which is an important cause of depression, for example, a state that no one should experience.

Then again, the solution is simple: put the parents to work, we need more than ever to guide children in an era where more potential vices are more accessible. We need to them to regulate chlidren's schedules, but most importantly, to be the most basic moral support.

methegreatone950d ago

Anything in excess is bad. The thing about gaming is - it's very, very compelling. Games today are incredibly compelling in so many ways, depending on what type of game.

Therefore, games can easily become an addiction and cause problems. A good example of that is Dota 2. I assure you this game has caused the academic downfall of millions of students. Ofcourse, the reason for that is because the game is freaking brilliant, and they failed to moderate their play, ofcourse.

As for pornography, it's the same thing, except perhaps even more dangerous. This is a product that plays on one of our most basic human drives. So an addiction in the case of a youngster with access to the internet is very likely ! It's an unbeatable high at the press of a button.
The reason porn is even worse, is because it causes a lot more problems that gaming. 90% of the time such a habit is at odds with values, culture, families, social standing, and ofcourse, relationships and trust. It's an addiction that often comes at quite a high cost. Not to mention ED.

Aloy-Boyfriend950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

Since I moved to the United States, my social life hasn't been the same. I still go to parties and hang with some friends, but not really as often as before. Video games help me in my lonely times. I don't like it, but I can't help it either :/. I spend between 5 to 8 hrs a day. Sometimes I feel like I play way too much when I feel alone. It's not like I live in that virtual world. For now, I'm focused in my Radiology Program, and maybe everything will change once I graduate and make more college friends

Erik7357950d ago

I go through fads.....some days I don't play at all other days I play a lot...

Sureshot950d ago

I know right! Sometimes I spend more time on this site than actually gaming!

BrandanT950d ago

Tell that to all the people obsessed and attached with phones, social media, and especially the obsessive following of people's lives.

chippychan950d ago

Couldn't agree more.

I know people who are hopelessly attached to their mobile devices & social media - to the point of admitting to falling asleep practically every night gripping their phones. But they think *I’m* the weird one because I *don’t* pay attention to everyone else’s lives on media like facebook or instagram. It baffles me.

I swear it’s like if you’re not doing what everyone else is doing you’re strange & dysfunctional in some way.

BrandanT950d ago

Exactly. I never understood why people refused to create or pu their own ideals and values first.

methegreatone950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

It's the same thing.

Make no mistake, I am a gamer.

However, in the case of games it might actually be worse. Why ? One simple reason - games are extrememly compelling experiences ! For quite a while now, people have had gaming experiences that overall surpass film experiences. There are many games out there which are incredible experiences. The thrill of playing Diablo 2 into the night, for example completely trumps staying up with your phone on social media. Especially if it's multiplayer, with your friends. See what I mean ?

Also, you have to remember that a lot of games provide many many hours of gameplay and replay value.

This is why I think gaming can actually become a stronger addiction.

Metallox949d ago

That doesn't quit that games can't affect social development. All of these things can be harmful, let's not try to pretend anything.

rainslacker949d ago

They can. Or they can help enhance social development. Just look here. It's a thriving community, where people interact with one another. We talk to each other, sometimes with hostility, but we interact with each other on a social level, thus building social ties of some sort. Those ties can carry over into the real world, and can effect how we treat other people. Truth is, almost every interaction people have with others affects their social development, sometimes positively, sometimes negatively.

Through most of my life I was rather introverted, but the explosion of the internet allowed me to come out of my shell, express myself comfortably, and become more confident in myself, so I started being able to do that more with personal interactions, and I started to gain confidence there. Now I still have a lot of anxiety with people I don't know, but I can express myself well enough, or talk to someone to build a relationship with them to some level depending on the person and situation.

Gaming itself can do the same thing. Online gaming especially can allow people to do what I stated above, and then there are those you meet who have the same interest that you can interact with, hang out with, form relationships with, etc.

Gaming can be harmful to social development if taken in excess and used to avoid personal social interaction, which is the case being talked about here. But so can a lot of things. This doesn't make gaming bad, or the majority of gamers bad, it just means that there are some people which take it to the extreme, and in those cases it's better to figure out why they use vices like gaming to avoid such interactions instead of throwing a blanket generalization over a large group of people.

The concept of using hyperbole and generalizations to shift the focus of a problem onto a single, or a few trending things, is more harmful than any single addiction, because it avoids the personal psychological reasons why people may do what they do, and shames them into thinking that they aren't good enough, thus exacerbating the problem that these articles are apparently trying to address.

Germany7950d ago

Real life doesn't have double jump, the gameplay it's boring and has no replay value, i will stick with videogames.

Skate-AK950d ago

Real life has soooo many microtransactions.

Games4Gamers950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

Want to buy your movie tickets online? Sure! You can purchase it with a $2.50 'convenience' fee. Same s**t when paying for tickets issued by cops

DARK WITNESS950d ago

very true... but real life does have the smell of a fresh, wet, pumpum!

When you catch a whiff of that in your face... mmmmm

still as tech gets better and with all this VR stuff, I am hoping the next step will involve translating electrical signals to the brain into smells

Jalva950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

Real life is too open world, the story is incredibly dragged out, the gameplay is tedious and repetitive and there's no tutorial to tell you what to do and where to go, the alcohol is nice but it causes too many frame drops, the drugs are good but 15fps makes me feel like I'm going to have a seizure, the matchmaking is incredibly unbalanced and the A.I. is retarded.

SilverClock950d ago

Moderation. That is all. Just put that in one article and have that cover everything.

Rooted_Dust950d ago

They'll come to that conclusion eventually, but they'll act like it's some big breakthrough.

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