Deeper issues involved in video game addictions

When it comes to addictions to the Internet and video games, it is important to get to the root of the problem.
This was one of the messages from Dr. Bruce Ballon, a psychiatrist from Toronto who operates a program called Adolescent Clinical Educational Services (A.C.E.S) for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Ballon spoke to about 60 people at the Collingwood Collegiate Institute library in a session that was organized by the CCI school council and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. While he traditionally deals with youth age 16-24, Ballon's message was for all ages. The focus was on video game addictions and youth gambling, but Ballon spoke a lot about the Internet too.

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Slinger4203550d ago

I feel bad for people that have nothing else in their life except gaming. Games are meant to be enjoyed recreationally as a hobby. That doesn't mean you sit home all day doing nothing except playing games in a fantasy world. I love to play games, don't get me wrong, but I understand as an adult that I have responsibilities and obligations that unfortunately must be fulfilled. I think this internet and gaming addiction does pertain to a younger crowd. I grew up in a time with no internet and games were just coming into their own so I guess I don't think the same as some younger kids. I have been borderline addicted to Call of Duty 4, but that's it. Just something about that damn multiplayer.....