What online addiction is doing to our children

A generation of screenagers are becoming hooked on a virtual world. We meet the compulsive gamers and the people who are helping them

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William Gates3496d ago

Because we all know The Xbox has No Games !!!!

Kratos Spartan3496d ago

I became 'hooked' the very first time I used a controller to move objects on the screen. I was 3 years old. I am now 30 and still play every day.

nix3496d ago (Edited 3496d ago )

well.. i'm old enough and lately i've been guilty of being hooked to Uncharted 2, Demon's Souls, God of War 3 and Yakuza 3.

but i mean.. seriously, any new tech is an evil for that matter. why not complain about twitter/facebook users? what about people who are on the phone 24/7? people who wouldn't stop smsing? people who browse 24/7? yup.. only games are evil!

Rainstorm813496d ago

better than being hooked on drugs.....

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Venatus-Deus3496d ago (Edited 3496d ago )

Out of all the things in the world you can become addicted to I hardly things games are that bad.

I will actively encourage my kids to sit in my house play the right age related game in conjunction with school and sports clubs. At least I know where and what they are doing. The last thing I want is for them to any of the stuff I did when growing up.

Besides… is Football addictive because it’s Fun? Can people be addicted to Movies? Can your 13 year old daughter get pregnant while playing Hanna Montanna?

@ C-R-E-A-M

Is that really a problem? Who am I to judge another person by my values? Somebody can watch TV all night; however do they have a problem? Are they causing harm to others?

We all have very different lives. I have a wife and a young baby. Many people would consider me to have very little of a social life, but I think my life is enriched and wonderful.

I’m not trying to belittle your post, I ‘m just trying to highlight another perspective.

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wicko3496d ago

Guysicantstopshakingineedanoth erhit

Seriously it drives me mental when they call it an "addiction". It isn't a drug, theres no physical dependence, you don't go through withdrawals if you stop playing. I suggest these people read up on what an actual addiction is. In fact from looking at the wiki, they consider stuff like compulsive gambling as a impulse control disorder, and being unable to control your computer/gaming habits would fall under that same category. They explicitly say that it is *not* the same as an addiction.

Maybe I'm arguing over something very small here but I'm sick to death of writers exaggerating and being melodramatic about it.

Venatus-Deus3496d ago

Ugly Person = Facially Challenged

Impulse control disorder = Addiction

himdeel3496d ago's your parents fault. Yes that's a broad statement but that's who's suppose to be raising children, the parents.

wicko3496d ago

Nope, impulse control disorder != addiction.

From wikipedia: "However, such disorders are classified by the American Psychological Association as impulse control disorders and therefore not as addictions."

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g-nome3496d ago

Off course games are addictive , they should be otherwise we wont be playing them.
Kids 'hooked' on games , never seen such a thing in my life.

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nix3496d ago (Edited 3496d ago )

OMG... you're still 13? did i really offend you that badly?

come back when you learn how to talk socially.. and when you learn to press the "Reply" button at the right place, ok?

Venatus-Deus3496d ago

OK, but my point was that actually that not everybody is the same. To you, pu**y is important, but to another individual it is not. You have certain values about what you believe constitutes a reasonable way in which to lead you life.

You can’t help or change this because you have been socialized from a very young age. You have been influence by your parent or peers. Your environment has affected and shaped you.

This process has been different for everybody. The person might have tried a number of things and found that video games are more enjoyable than other activities and therefore builds a life around said actively.

Is he hurting anyone? Does he still enjoy gaming?

It’s the same for all activities. It what makes us all different…

This is why Nix has disagreed with you in a slightly different way.

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RedPawn3496d ago

They should probably replace "Becoming," with "Are," then find out why I'm strung out like French whore towards them.

Don't break the addiction.

C-R-E-A-M3496d ago

I have no problem wiv what u said,i just asked u a simple question.ur contradicting ur self.

nix3496d ago

lol.. C-R-E-A-M.. what's with you and pressing the wrong "Reply" button???

to answer your question, no i'm not a virgin or a gay! and i hope you're not 13 either because right now you sound like one.

Sir_Ken_Kutaragi_3496d ago

Hooked on PLAYING 'AAA' GAMES on the 'PS3'!!! ;-P
Hooked on CHATTING SH!T ALL DAY on the 'xBotched 360'!!! ;-D

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