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Playing Computer Games – Is it Really Addictive?

A few years ago, video games took the world by storm, especially among children and teens. Rather than playing tabs or any type of exercise outside, with the sun on their fit and tan bodies, young people now prefer to stay at home, lounging on the couch and playing games on consoles. Sometimes kids don’t want to go out and interact with “real people” and neglect their home, study or work because they are too busy with their “virtual” lives. They don’t want to be disturbed most of the time and they tend to hide inside their virtual shell. They are fidgety and they narrow their responsibilities. Can this be called a computer game addiction?

The debate on gaming addiction is ongoing. Although research has been done on the subject, it is unclear whether it is a psychological disorder. Playing video games can be addictive, some experts say, but right now, it’s not considered a mental disorder. However, by 2012, it may be considered a mental disorder.

Being addicted to games is the same as being addicted to other things, such as alcohol or drugs. It can also be compared to compulsive gambling. However, addiction is much more closely related to teens than other types of addiction.

A survey conducted last April found that about 8.5 percent of children and teens who play video games have become “addicted” to video games.

Particularly addictive computer games are “massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs).”

Why are these types of games more addictive? Some things can motivate a person. Playing a game isn’t just for fun, it’s also affected by emotional reasons, such as rewards, freedom, and interaction with other players. In real life, we have problems, and most of the time there is nothing we can do about it. In virtual life, we can control our own life and when we make mistakes or die, we can try again.

You can tell if a person is addicted to computer games by observing their behavior. As mentioned earlier, people who are addicted to computer games tend to withdraw socially. They are sullen and depressed. If these actions damage their relationships with others, then you should be wary.

Furthermore, they pay little, if any, attention to their responsibilities, such as students’ studies and homework, and the work of employees and businessmen. People addicted to computer games also tend to lie. Even if they feel very tired and unhealthy, they cannot avoid playing them. There are also physical signs that a person is addicted to a computer, such as very dry eyes, headaches, loss of appetite, disregard for personal hygiene and general physical condition.

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