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Video Game Addiction

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Summary:
For most of us, video games represent a pleasant break in the day and a
source of some entertainment. However a consumer concern group is seeking
to raise the understanding in the general public that computer games
misuse posses a significant and growing source of addiction in our
society. This addiction is real and threatens the lives of many adults
and children. It is not limited to children and young adults but affects
members of the population at all levels of society and...


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For most of us, video games represent a pleasant break in the day and a
source of some entertainment. However a consumer concern group is seeking
to raise the understanding in the general public that computer games
misuse posses a significant and growing source of addiction in our
society. This addiction is real and threatens the lives of many adults
and children. It is not limited to children and young adults but affects
members of the population at all levels of society and many occupations.
However, the biggest threat is to children because they are vulnerable
and they may be unable to recover from a serious addition formed at a
young age.

People with true video game addictions substitute playing them for normal
interaction with friends and family, and the time spent playing them is
excessive to the point of interfering with work or school. The time spent
at this activity steadily increases as the addiction grows and ending
play can bring about withdrawal symptoms of irritability and moodiness.
Addictive individuals can spend and average of 70 or 80 hours a week
playing these games, reserving little time for work, social life, school
or even sleep.

The signs of an addiction in children are easy for a responsible parent
to spot. The biggest symptom is the time spent on the computer playing
games. Video game time should be monitored just like television watching
and the parent must make certain that both activities take place after
the normal activities such as family socializing, homework and chores
have been satisfied. If a child falls asleep at school often, it may mean
that he or she is using sleep time to pay computer games. The child may
then lie about the cause of tiredness. The child may also be irritable
when not on the computer playing games. If these symptoms are spotted, it
is time for the parent to enlist the child’s teachers, friend’s parent
and a professional to help the child overcome this problem.
Adults are harder to monitor but a boss who notices an employee asleep at
work or failing performance will certainly discuss the reasons with the
employee. It is unlikely that the employee will admit his activity since
video game use is usually characterized by feelings of guilt. Friends who
notice a person dropping out of activities and becoming irritable or
sullen should become involved and discuss the possibility of this problem
frankly with afflicted person. It is not acceptable to sit by and wait
for the problem to pass. Video game addiction can advance to physical
addiction and symptoms such as Carpal tunnel syndrome. Sleep problems,
back and neck aches, dry eyes and an increasing failure to maintain
personal hygiene. The video game addict has replaced his or her real
world with the virtual reality of the game. This person needs all the
interest and help friends and family can give him and probably a
healthcare professional and support group as well to surmount this
problem.

				
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