Video game addition is often shrugged off as an unreal obsession. It is viewed as an addiction that only children get and can be cured if the person simply quits playing video games. However, none of these views are accurate. Being addicted to playing games is not fake or less serious than any other addiction. Video game addiction is a real addiction that affects men, women, and children. It doesn't matter the age or the physical condition of the individual. People become addicted to games because of the pleasure they get from winning the game. It is the same type of pleasure a person gets from eating a favorite food, listening to music, or watching a favorite TV show. The difference between a regular hobby or activity and an addiction is an addiction creates a craving that must be satisfied no matter what.
A person is addicted to video games when:
• They are spending the majority of their time playing games.
• They begin to become socially isolated and quit interacting with family and friends.
• The person becomes to video games or a character in a video game.
• Their school work or work life may become disrupted and they are unable to complete assignments.
• And spending time away from the game causes moodiness or withdrawal.
Addiction to playing games must be taken seriously because just like any addition it can kill the addict or take the life of someone who is close to the addict. In 2005, a South Korean man died after playing games for 50 hours with very few breaks. In 2010 a woman in the United States killed her infant child because the child's crying was interrupting her while she played her favorite game. And in 2011, a man in China played games 3 hours straight and died from lack of sleep and food. These are a few real life examples that prove addition to playing games is real and deadly as any other addiction. If you know someone with a video game addiction, seek professional help. Addicts can become defensive and combative if you try and confront them. It is best to seek professional advice so that you can handle the situation properly. Also a professional would know the best way in which to reach the addict. The goal of confronting the person is to get them to treatment and not turn them off from getting help. Do not expect a quick fix. Treatment of this addiction as with any other addiction will take time and should be done by a licensed professional.