Is video game addiction real? Yes it is. It is as real as any other addiction out there today. The video below shows that there are people who are addicted to video games. What the video doesn’t show is the people who play games almost as much as he does and maintain a healthy life style.
I believe that people with addictions should get help. I believe that people should have a healthy life style. I believe that you should balance your time on video games with time outside of them. The video shows how a man doesn’t have that balance. He is using video games to deal with problems that have nothing to do with gaming.
Sadly his mother made a similar choice to deal with her problems by leaving their family. She felt that her job was more important than her kids and left. This taught her, at the time, 12 year old son that that’s how you deal with things. I don’t find it a surprise that he is addicted to video games.
A lot of the games that get the most negative light with video game addictions are online games. People that play online games are more addicted than those who play single player. I don’t believe this is true I believe that either can be just as addictive. The reason that online gamers get more of a reaction is because of their lack of “social” interaction.
In online games there is a social interaction; it simply comes from a virtual environment. So are people who go out every night with friends and do things addicts as well? The definition of addiction is: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
So someone who plays 60 hours of video games a week and has a healthy life style that can unplug without a problem is not addicted. Someone that plays the same amount of hours that can’t unplug without having some negative effect is addicted.
The bottom line is that video game addiction is real and not everyone that plays a lot of video games is an addict. People that have external problems that can’t let go of gaming are addicts. I don’t believe that video game addiction is as bad as it’s made out to be. Like anything else it needs to be taken in moderation. If you can find that limit than you’re fine.