Video Addiction : Video Game Addiction

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Video Game Addiction Video game addiction is just like any other addiction in the world! Though it might not be as deadly or destructive to the body as smoking or drinking alcohol, it can be just as dangerous. According to psychiatrist Michael Brody, MD, a definition of addiction would be: 1. The person needs more and more of a substance or behavior to keep him going. 2. If the person does not get more of the substance or behavior, he becomes irritable and miserable (Bakker) According to the definition given above, compulsive gaming meets these criteria, and withdrawal symptoms can occur. “The lure of a fantasy world is especially pertinent to online role-playing games. These are games in which a player assumes the role of a fictional character and interacts with other players in a virtual world. As Young puts it, an intelligent child who is unpopular at school can "become dominant in the game." The virtual life becomes more appealing than real life.” (Bakker). Video game addiction might not seem like a big deal when compared to drug or alcohol addiction but it can and will ruin a life. If a child spends 4 to 5 hours a day playing a video game by the time he is 21 he will only have the social skills of a 12 year old. If he gives of playing sports or going to hang out with his friends he wont know how to talk to women when he is older and or be lazy and unathletic. If an older person becomes an addict to video games it can jeopardize their job or relationship. According to
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