The Problem Of Online Gaming Addiction

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Ryan Van Cleave was a successful English professor with a dream job and was soon to be tenured; however, he nearly abandoned everything in his life. Van Cleave started spending less time with his family, and as a substitute he would feed a new found reality that provided an escape from the mundane. Consequently, Van Cleave’s career suffered while he neglected his responsibilities, trading them for his next fix. His behavior became erratic, and he withdrew from his family and friends. Van Cleave was an addict; he was addicted to the Massively Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), World of Warcraft. Surprisingly, Van Cleave’s situation is not unusual, nor is it uncommon to hear of or know somebody with a substance addiction. Online…show more content…
In the world, a player can create various combinations of races and classes, such as a Night Elf warrior or an Orc shaman. Exploration and questing provide in-game currency that contribute to a very complex and real economy in-game. As they vanquish their enemies, meet other players, create friendships and alliances, the player achieves a sense of acceptance and accomplishment.
Douglas Gentile, an Iowa State University associate professor of psychology conducted research to identify gaming addiction among youth ages 8 to 18. Gentile summarized his research, stating, “We’re starting to see a number of studies from different cultures—in Europe, the U.S. and Asia—and they’re all showing that somewhere around 7 to 11 percent of players seem to be having real problems to the point that they’re considered pathological gamers” (qtd. in “Risks”). As a result, gaming addiction is attracting attention; however, more action must be taken to raise awareness.
There is a close relationship between substance and gaming addiction. In 2010 a team of doctors led by Doug Hyun Han, M.D., Ph.D. of Chung Ang University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, conducted research to observe brain activity during video game play and brain activity in patients with substance dependence. The study concluded that brain activity occurred in similar locations in both groups of patients (Han et al. 260). Moreover, the medical team proposed that excessive
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