Game Addiction: Myth Or Reality

In November of 2001, Shawn Woolley, a 21-year-old EverQuest played, shot himself in front of his computer while playing the popular MMORPG. In the days and weeks that followed the tragic suicide, it would become apparent that Woolley had forsaken virtually every aspect of his real life for the fantasy realm of EverQuest. This was something that people close to Shawn Woolley already knew; in fact Shawn's mother Elizabeth "Liz" Woolley had tried to get her son professional help. When she turned to doctors and mental health professionals and explained that her son was addicted to a PC game, her concerns and pleas fell on deaf ears. At the time, the idea of a clinical addiction to video games was scoffed at, and even today the idea isn't widely recognized. As a result, Liz Woolley started On-Line Gamers Anonymous to help bring attention to the issue and also provide support and references to treatment and counseling. But even today, the subject of game addiction isn't given much credence.

But for all the talk among gamers and media pundits about how "addictive" a particular game can be, is it so surprising that a number of hardcore gamers develop a psychological addiction to MMOs?

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JasonPC360PS3Wii4252d ago

Freaking things are like crack, I could game all day everyday (oh wait I almost do)

kornbeaner4252d ago

of course...No matter how tired I might be somedays after work I still have to play at least a couple of games or hours of whatever game am hooked on at the time. Mine would be more of a personal addiction when not doing much. I don't neglect my son or my job but once it's quite and there is nothing to do the PS3 comes on and nothing will stop me from playing it once it come on no matter what time it is.

DirtyRat4252d ago

Its the challenge, the exploration and the rewards, gaming is an addiction, but then again most things which humans enjoy can become addictive, food, sex, gambling, drugs, booze etc.

Gaming is a pretty tame addiction in general, and as long as you don't let your real life get taken over by it, there is nothing wrong in it.

Rooted_Dust4251d ago

Everything in moderation....except for sex ;)

ddldave4251d ago

i have to play games before i do my homework or i can't concentrate, sometimes i try to do my homework but i just think 'cuz i think of games and i can't help it. people say just do the homework and lay the game off, it's not that hard. but that's not true, you don't just lay the game off. i have to play games before homework and after homework. i usually play games for a hour then do 5 minutes of homework before my concentration wears off then play another hour and do another 5 mins of homework.

BIadestarX4251d ago

Ecclesiastes 3

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Balance my children... balance....

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