Online game addiction?

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by SaintJone, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. SaintJone

    SaintJone New Member

    What do you guys think about online game addiction. It's not in the DSM yet as a formal disorder, but they are making a push to put it in the next one. Do you think you really can be addicted to online games?

    Sometimes I think I might be. The last time I had a job, I got so addicted to playing Socom online that I started skipping work and eventually just stopped showing up at all. I am so uncomfortable and awkward in the real world that I would rather spend all my time in a digital world.
    Do you think too much time spent playing games as a kid can take away from normal social development and lead to social problems?
     
  2. globalelite

    globalelite New Member

    Absolutely, extreme gaming hijacks your reward system and most likely creates dysfunction. I love gaming more than life itself...
     
  3. Greys0n

    Greys0n New Member

    As for me the world has gone mad with that game, it's too addictive. I prefer playing games at http://www.friv2online.com/ . They develop my mental abilities, so I'm satisfied.
     
  4. wojtekoxx

    wojtekoxx One-armed bandit

    Excessive gaming is a symptom, not a cause. For example I dislike computer games, but play due to loneliness and asshole people I live with
     
  5. jnv

    jnv Member

    Ohhhhh yes.... videogaming can be a real addiction and I'm certain that it can lead to difficulties with socializing later on.
     
  6. niskanen91

    niskanen91 Active Member

    Of course, it's legit addiction. I was addicted to quite few games in my life, here is the symptom: I spent most of my day playing the game/watching streams or replays/reading forums related to the game/thinking about the game. It affected literally every area of my life.
     
  7. wojtekoxx

    wojtekoxx One-armed bandit

    Would you drop your game in a heartbeat if 7/10 girl said she is durnk and loves you and invites you to her house? If nope - then yes you are addicted
     
  8. urgesarehell

    urgesarehell Member

    Yeah I was definitely addicted to online gaming. Spending 10-12 hours a day in front of the PC was what I considered a normal day for me, and I would throw a tantrum whenever I was taken away from it. My personal hygiene and grooming habits were horrible and people at my job were always telling me I looked tired. I had nothing going for me in life and no real friends, but none of that even phased me. I became a vegetable with no thoughts of anything but for instant gratification. It doesn't help that my childhood was a complete mess rife with abuse at home and bullying/ostracism at school.

    Some of my teachers used to call me a loser and said that some people were meant to fail at life. Today I thank them when their words give me the strength to lift those few extra reps.
     
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  9. wojtekoxx

    wojtekoxx One-armed bandit

    Hey there fat guy. Would you drop video games back then if some pretty girl webchatted you on a webcam (both ways) and was still interested and wanted to meet you asap because she is flying to someplace next day morning for vacations?
     
  10. urgesarehell

    urgesarehell Member

    What kind of hypothetical situation would require me to suddenly drop video games from my life just to meet up with a girl? It's not like I was incapable of going outside. Besides, I didn't quit video games or begin abstaining from porn in order to meet girls. Despite being a huge loser with no notable achievements and a lack of career success or ambition, my sex life in my teens and early twenties wasn't that bad; could have been better but it's not something I actively complain about. I've never even talked to girls online before so I don't see myself being in that situation.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017
  11. JayKay

    JayKay Member

    Definitely an addiction. The book "Man Interrupted" by Philip Zimbardo covers alot of research done on video game addiction.( He also has an excellent TED talk on porn on youtube)
     
  12. georgetnez

    georgetnez New Member

    We have to send our kids to play in the ground, not with video games.
     

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