Gaming addiction or excessive gameplay?

So, I have been thinking a lot about this a lot for a little while and although I feel I do not sit with an addiction I actually do share some of the symptoms.

I would imagine a lot of us do. My boyfriend tells me I am addicted to the stupid game (he means GW2). My son thinks I am an idiot (although he plays console) and my siblings just think what I do is weird so shrug it off as worthless and that I am wasting my life. I personally don’t see any difference in me playing a game for 3 hours in the evening talking to my mates vs my sister sitting in front of the TV for 3 hours, apart from my brain being more active…

Here are the common symptoms of gaming addiction.

  • Pre-occupation. Do you spend a lot of time thinking about games even when you are not playing, or planning when you can play next?
  • Withdrawal. Do you feel restless, irritable, moody, angry, anxious or sad when attempting to cut down or stop gaming, or when you are unable to play.
  • Tolerance. Do you feel the need to play for increasing amounts of time, play more exciting games, or use more powerful equipment to get the same amount of excitement you used to get?
  • Reduce/stop. Do you feel that you should play less, but are unable to cut back on the amount of time you spend playing games?
  • Give up other activities. Do you lose interest in or reduce participation in other recreational activities (hobbies, meetings with friends) due to gaming?
  • Continue despite problems. Do you continue to play games even though you are aware of negative consequences, such as not getting enough sleep, being late to school/work, spending too much Money, having arguments with others, or neglecting important duties?
  • Deceive/cover up. Do you lie to family, friends or others about how much you game, or try to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you game?
  • Escape adverse moods. Do you game to escape from or forget about personal problems, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings such as guilt, anxiety, helplessness or depression?
  • Risk/lose relationships/opportunities. Do you risk or lose significant relationships, or job, educational or career opportunities because of gaming?

You might share some of the above too, but that doesn’t necessarily make us addicted just maybe a little excessive, but I suppose non gamers could think both are bad for us. I know what it is that keeps me gaming, it’s the social interaction and reaching a goal. I need to grind for a goal or have something to aim for, MMO gaming satisfies that need. I also love the sense of achievement, but I guess that’s normal.

The gaming industry is a multi-billion pound industry and games are played all over the world. They can be played on: mobile phones, consoles and home & School PC’s/Laptops, games are played by young children, teenagers, working adults, and now even the older generation so what is it that makes us want to do it and why is it frowned upon?

I watched a TV show recently called is gaming bad for you and there was some interesting facts and theories on it. You can watch it here:

Some researchers are trying to prove violent games cause aggression and on this show other tests proved this theory wrong. One interesting fact that came out of research was that not only games keep our brains active that they can assist in keeping our brain young and improving a brain of an old person. It was proven that an old persons memory and reaction times improved after playing games for 2 weeks. That’s amazing! Games have also been created to train the brain in delicate movement and precision needed for operations!

I am interest to know what makes you play games and how you feel about the symptoms above. You hear the horror stories of people playing non-stop and toileting in buckets in a dark room alone, but around so many in the virtual world. What do you think drives some people to game excessively, but be under control and others to lose themselves and neglect real life?

It will also be interesting to know if you have visions of gaming technology the future. Think a holographic you inside a virtual world or a holographic game in your real world :o or even a virtual love life, Whatever we have seen on sci-fi movies and TV do you think it will ever happen?

If your interested, I did an online test and I scored excessive – don’t know how accurate the test is but you can find it here:…tion-test/

Shall we end on a good note? Below is why gaming is good for you!!!

  1. There is a growing body of evidence showing that playing video games could be good for us, from children to the over 60s. Some of the benefits are even accompanied by changes in certain areas of the brain.
  2. German neuroscientists asked 23 people to play Super Mario 64, a popular 3D platform game, for at least 30 minutes a day for two months. MRI scans showed some players experienced growth in specific areas of their brains.
  3. Another unexpected bonus of gaming is improved eyesight. One study showed that those playing first person shooters saw an improvement in their ‘contrast sensitivity function’. This is the ability to make out subtle changes in the brightness of an image. It also found that focusing on a screen to aim at the bad guy exercised our eyes. This is a skill we lose as we age, so improving it can help maintain visual acuity for longer.
  4. Some studies have shown that first person shooter games improve a player’s capacity to think about objects in three dimensions. This explains why medics who played video games were instinctively better at keyhole surgery. Now a Dutch surgeon has developed a game designed to train doctors in this specialised technique – I think this game is called “Underground” is a video game to help keyhole surgeons.
  5. As well as improving these specific skills, playing video games can have a positive effect on your social life too. With an estimated 1.2 billion people playing video games worldwide, it’s not surprising that a social scene has mushroomed. Gone is the stereotypical solitary gamer, stuck in his bedroom surrounded by drinks cans and takeaways. Games like Halo and World of Warcraft are often played in groups, with players wearing head-sets for communication and teamwork across the internet. When your group works together to win the game, your sense of achievement is higher than with a lone success.
  6. All of this is said to improve self-esteem, and being part of a team and making new friends is claimed to help with depression.
    Research suggests that videos games could help us develop real-world, practical skills.

I posted this on reddit and got a very mixed reaction. Some argued I was addicted myself and some were with me in saying I wsnt as my gaming didnt get in the way of my real life. Link below.


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