Is playing computer games as addictive as cocaine, crack, or heroin? That largely depends on which newspaper you buy. To The Sun, the addiction is like crack, to the Daily Mail it's more like smack.
In the title, you're missing the word after 'More'
Fixed now, was a problem on their end when I was copying and pasting the title, didn't even notice. Cheers for the heads up, although it'd have been better to stick that in the reports rather than the comments section. Thanks none-the-less though.
No but porn is. LOL @ the disagrees - your a worst liar than Bill Clinton if disagree to that statement.
Work on your grammar and spelling.
God Damn it! man!! i'm a scientist,Not a english teacher! now inject this man with science. delicious science!!!.-turns Commander_TK into a zombie- AHAHAHA!!!! grammar nazi zombie >:)
Well...I do love some prwn but. If you go to a crack addict, and offer him sex (not porn, but sex) or crack...he will take crack. If you go to a sex addict and force him to smoke crack for a week, and then offer him a choice, odds are he will then take the crack.
who ever wrote this article obviously has never done illicit drugs or gone through a chemical addiction. i mean there's no denying that games can be heavily addictive and may interfere with a person's personality, behaviour, priorities, and other things, but at least there are no destructive physical withdrawals that drugs like coke or heroin may impose. i'd rather the writer say that gaming can be habit forming similar to marijuana use. just like with weed and gaming, you may have minor withdrawals when not experiencing the "high," if you will, such as irritability or anxiety (for example: i played kz2 constantly on release and literally played online for two days straight. when i wasn't playing, i was just fantasizing the next time i played it again) and yes, it can take over and may dictate your lifestyle; but at the same time, there is no direct chemical addition to the human body that could ever make gaming an addiction on par with hard drug use. if you want to see real addiction, just talk to people who abuse pcp/opiates/meth/cocaine/MDMA/ etc. hell you could include alcohol or nicotine for that matter, just as bad. all are proven physically addictive and toxic for the human body. pcp and meth has the highest pontential of developing permanent brain damage and nuerological disorders such as schizophrenia or dementia. i'm sure no matter how much of a gaming "addict" you are, you're most likely not going to develop psychosis from it. sorry if i'm coming off overly negative, but seeing that i'm still a recovering addict and have gone through a psychological hell with drugs in the past, its almost a slap in the face to see an article try to equate gaming to drug addiction. it is no where as bad or as hellacious. don't do drugs.
Never tried drugs before so I can't say. But I don't see why it matters. It's possible to get addicted to a lot of things. Most hobbies hold that possibility. So I don't know why gaming gets singled out.
it's because the mainstream media makes it sound like games fry ppls brains and brainwash kids into violence
Video games is the way to go. Drugs are for pussies.
Except weed, weed is awesome Besides everything is a damn drug, unless you never drink, or smoke, or take painkillers, or drink anything with caffeine in it, stfu.
weed is good for headaches,better then painkillers.. ahh drugs and alcohol the cause and solution to all lifes problems.
"Drugs are for pussies" have gotten a lot of pussy from drugs. sorry, but some chicks get the jollies when smoking a fat spliff with a 40 listening to good jams. EDIT: @DarkFantasy i have found celebrex to be the best pain killer for headaches. unlike vicodin/percocetes/oxy or whatever, it doesn't get you high or have any physical properties to make you addicted. if anyone suffers from excessive migraines, i would suggest celebrex. the best non-narcotic pain killer i've come across. also dextromethorphan is pretty good but thats a different story.
Depends on the drug... but unless your drugs the answer is no.
"Drugs r bad. U shouldn't do drugs. If u do them, you're bad, because drugs r bad, mkay. It's a bad thing to do drugs, so don't be bad by doing drugs, mkay. That'd be bad, cause drugs r bad, mkay." Except weed.
Weed isnt a drug, it's an herb. Drugs are manufactured. Weed grows naturally.
I believe a drug is a mere chemical, doesn't have to be manafactured, helps if it is. Couldn't one class Alcohol as a drug and that's a simple yeast reaction in a anaeorbic enviroment requiring it to turn pyruvate, into Ethanal, then after adding a hydrogem atom fron NAD you get your alcohol. AT the same time you could put forth the argument that it is manafactured by the highly specialized plant. Weed for example produces THC (?) I know penecilium can produce a secondary metabolite to aid growth in a interspecies competitive enviroment.
@Seferoth75 drugs don't have to be synthesized to be considered drugs. shrooms, DMT, weed, and many other natural elements in nature still get you high and give off the same effect as any other drug.
Drugs have often been modeled after natural elements. We had natural pain relievers long before we had drugs that imitated their effect on us. I don't know what DMT is right off the top of my head but Shrooms are a type of Fungus, not a drug. Weed is an herb not a drug. Your argument is more based off of ignorance of what Marijuana and Mushrooms really are in the eyes of the general public than any facts on either.
maybe so, but even then, coke is derived from the coca plant which doesn't necessarily need to be concocted to produce its high. i don't know, maybe i'm just against the idea that just because its natural it doesn't mean it can't produce a high as strong, or in many cases, stronger than some pharmacueticals. i'll lean towards your answer however, you're right. EDIT: also, i don't see how labeling weed just an herb or shrooms just a fungus negates the point they're drugs. you're still consuming psychoactive chemicals to produce a high. chemicals is the key word; not the actual state of form the chemical is. doesn't matter if its fungus, liquid, powder, capsules, gelatin, herb/plant, or intravenous injection.
what if they're prescripted?
They're still drugs. And you're not addicted to prescripted drugs unless you choose to, just like any other drug.
With some drugs, certain chemical reactions are produced in the brain that will make the individual feel like shit unless they continue doing it. i.e. heroin
im glad weed is not on that list....cause its not a drug
technically you are incorrect but weed does less damage than alchohol and tobaco so people assume it isnt dangerous but it still has bad side affects
One Joint is just as harmful as a pack of cigarettes. True Story. Neither is healthy.
Not knocking your comment. But I've yet to hear someone got cancer from smoking weed. I could be wrong but the most I've heard is that it makes you melow and very hungry.
Weed is a natural plant that has been smoked for thousands of years. Modern cigarettes are filled with man made chemicals.
Actually nope, not true. It is true that there are a few bad chemicals in them, but...well here look at this site. http://www.drugpolicy.org/m... They do a pretty good job summing up all the myths of marijuana including that one quite well, AND they actually cite many sources of studies to back up their claims. Here is a quote for those that don't want to go to the site. "There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana, and in a large study presented to the American Thoracic Society in 2006, even heavy users of smoked marijuana were found not to have any increased risk of lung cancer. Unlike heavy tobacco smokers, heavy marijuana smokers exhibit no obstruction of the lung's small airway. That indicates that people will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana." And here are the sources for that claim I just quoted. Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. “Legalization: Panacea or Pandora’s Box.” New York. (1995): 36. Turner, Carlton E. The Marijuana Controversy. Rockville: American Council for Drug Education, 1981. Nahas, Gabriel G. and Nicholas A. Pace. Letter. “Marijuana as Chemotherapy Aid Poses Hazards.” New York Times 4 December 1993: A20. Inaba, Darryl S. and William E. Cohen. Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs. 2nd ed. Ashland: CNS Productions, 1995. 174. AND this is all considering that you smoke the marijuana directly. If you use water filtration it decreases many times over, and if you use a vaporizer, then every harmful aspect of it is taken away, there is no burning, therefore none of the bad shit.
besides THC, weed still contains other carcinogens when smoked. still bad on your lungs no matter what.
"just as harmful as a pack of cigarettes. True Story" No I didnt just pull that fact out of my ass, I swear......
Nope, i own just about every fps ever released for pc lol. i dont game much in general anymore. but i still pc game more than 360/ps3.
lol, games just arent as fun as they used to be, to much cliched bullshit now like perks/xp crap.
It seemed like I was addicted to game when I was younger, I play all the time, almost non stop some days. But now I play in pretty short periods, unless its a really good single player game. I will say that I played Mass Effect 2 for several hours when I first played it.
You made me remember my younger self that was crazy about PS1. 1996-2001 probably were my best gaming years in terms of addiction.
I remember the N64, and how I'd spend hours upon hours just playing games, I swear I was more addicted to them then than a crack addict is addicted to crack
I played Mass Effect 2 for 10 hours straight but I wouldn't consider myself addicted because there were times when I only played on weekends because of (college, work..etc).
Crack, heroin, meth, cocaine, opiates, and alcohol kill people, do video games?
Well what about mushrooms?
no. mushrooms are the best drug ever :)))
I agree. I love to shroom and play pc games or watch movies. Great times
Short answer: NO. Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooo.
the fact that you cannot actually develop a chemical dependancy on games suggests this is an easily answered question.
Not all addiction is chemically based, for example, people with a betting/gambling problem.
Absolutely, I just meant since you can develop both a chemical and psychological dependance on drugs but not games, they are obviously "more" addictive.
get me some rehab then.
"To The Sun, the addiction is like crack" so the sun just don't know what they are talking about...
I can stop gaming whenever I want, it just stops me shaking, that's all.
LOL of course not people are dying over drugs.
It really depends on the drug, the game, and most importantly the person. I will use alcohol for this analogy because it doesn't have same stigma attached to it as say, crack. One man might be able to hang out with his friends a couple times a month and have a few beers and never become an alholic. Another man, with different physiological/mental conditions might turn into a daily drinking alcoholic in a few weeks. The same thing goes for video games and the psychological process is very similar. (Many consider alcohol to be physically addictive and a much bigger problem than video games btw) Proof of this lies in the FACT that some people become alcoholics and others don't, while some people get hooked on World of Warcraft and others definitely don't. Also, lets not forget that even things that are not considered "physically addictive", like gambling, weed, sex, etc. can also become addictive to some people. This is further proof that it depends on the person. Some people's minds can turn pretty much anything into an addiction. (drama, TV, work, sex, etc. are all examples)
Who cares? Is everything else you enjoy considered addictive?
@HellzAssassin: They're still drugs. And you're not addicted to prescripted drugs unless you choose to, just like any other drug. What? Millions become physically dependent on prescribed drugs every year without "choosing" to. #1 being pain killers even taken at recommended dosage. Dumbass doctors just fail to tell patients about the probability of developing dependence while prescribing them. I'm just saying you have no idea what you are talking about. You can then "choose" to break free from this addiction but it's not easy. And yes, I speak from experience.
My hope is that these words might inspire some thoughtful discussion and logical discourse concerning the topic instead of the common knee-jerk reactions that we have come to expect, What bothers me is how other so-called “scientists” blatantly disregard the principles of empiricism and make proclamations that express certainty concerning these beliefs when the scientific method does not allow for such certainty to exist. Conclusions derived from existing data are not proof nor are they “facts” they are quite simply subjective interpretations of the collected data. Objective observations alone are “facts” (but only if they are repeatable and measurable-this is what makes them objective) The beauty of science is that it is a self-correcting system that allows for new evidence to be examined and therefore new conclusions to be drawn. Because conclusions are open to verification or refutation by empirical observation true scienctists should never entertain the notion that their conclusions are in anyway authoritative even if their conclusions are universally verified by the scientific community or simply fit with the most popular paradigm as is usually the case. People's understanding of science is fundamentally flawed no matter how learned they may be.
Never have and never will do drugs but I do know that drugs such as meth or heroine are much more addicting the video games, drugs take over the body and mind and you can't do anything about it and stop without help, video games on the other hand are a much simpler thing, you need money to buy drugs, out of money? Get a small job, Computers or consoles need electricity, the electricity out? Wait it out...which is much easier.
Not. Even. Close.
This is an easy one. You ever suck dick for games? Does your body shut down and hurt if you don't have games?
Have you been spying on me?
I like to kick back. Smoke a joint, drink beer. and play games.
When you do a drug, you are still walking around in reality, expecting to do something in reality, not excluding games. LSD, etc also only change sensory input, not create the input itself. But games create a reality whether you think its harmful or not, its why we have the term: immersion. If the game doesn't immerse you, then it wont last. If a person can be immersed in games, and those people exist (or...do they?), more than reality, then even drug addiction would be a step up for them life-wise.
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