Video Gaming is not an addiction.

Discussion in 'Gaming Addiction' started by thefalcon241, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. thefalcon241

    thefalcon241 Member

    According to this article, video gaming is not an addiction. Please, do comment on this.

  2. UpendiT

    UpendiT Member

    That site is full of nonsense (in general)... and the article headline? Gaming can be EXACTLY like gambling. In many MMOs you earn in-game money to buy items and risk them. How is this not like gambling? And why would gambling be any more real than a video game? Idiotic researcher.
  3. Chudd

    Chudd Member

    Ok, I'll send this link to my friends who've spent literally 12 hours a day wasting their time playing MMOs. Super healthy past-time, yes?
  4. I've seen you on the front page too, thefalcon241.

    Stop living in denial FFS. Playing a video game is tantamount to escaping from / avoiding real life.
  5. Coma White

    Coma White ·★ ғar вeyond тнe ѕυn ★·

    I agree with the other guys that videogames can be addicting, but stop acting like it's the same as porn people, videogames can be, and actually are by a lot of people, used in moderation. And they're not that bad if you're not spending too long on them and obsessing over them. Also a lot of people (myself included) only play games with great stories, and aren't interested in sports/shooters/etc. As long as they're used right, they're just like reading books or watching movies.
  6. UpendiT

    UpendiT Member

    MMOs are every bit as addicting as P. Addiction is addiction... when will people get a clue? The real issue is a lack of empathy, really. Very few seem to be able to see from another person's perspective. "I have X problem and it is the worst."
  7. Coma White

    Coma White ·★ ғar вeyond тнe ѕυn ★·

    1. MMOs are very addicting, but not QUITE as addicting as P.
    2. MMOs being addicting doesn't mean videogames are addicting. MMOs being addicting means MMOs are addicting. MMOs are only like 5% of videogames. Probably even less.

    Some games are extremely addicting, but others aren't any more addicting than music or books.
  8. UpendiT

    UpendiT Member

    Anything that keeps you from living in the moment is bad. When someone is addicted to gaming, they constantly think about playing the game... leveling up. It's endless and it's horrible. I would play Runescape 12-17 hours a day on weekends and 8 hours a day on school days. Those hours went by like nothing... I didn't get hungry, either. Withdrawal was immediate. I would get shakes and unbearable anxiety when not playing. And friends from school and in-game played as much as me.

    The addiction to Runescape was just as strong as the addiction to P. Just watch some videos of what happens when someone's mmo account gets deleted. Anything that is endless is awful for you. If you had a limited amount of P, it wouldn't be AS damaging as it is. It would still do mental damage... but wouldn't be as likely to cause sexual dysfunction.
  9. Coma White

    Coma White ·★ ғar вeyond тнe ѕυn ★·

    I just said MMOs are addictive but not all videogames are...why would you try to convince me by talking about an MMO?

    Also, I was a fairly heavy gamer, but I never spent 17 hours, or even 12 hours playing games, and I don't think the majority of gamers spends that much time on them.

    And did you just say anything that keeps you from living in the moment is bad? So reading books is bad too?
  10. UpendiT

    UpendiT Member

    Saying MMOs are bad and other video games in general can't be... is like saying having a foot fetish is bad, but porn isn't. Pick your poison... Ever hear of Flappy Bird?

    Personally, I can have fun on FPS games and not be drawn back all the time. Is it the same for everyone? No.

    Is reading a book bad? No... is thinking about reading a book or reading instead of interacting with family/friends bad? YES.

    Read this:
  11. Coma White

    Coma White ·★ ғar вeyond тнe ѕυn ★·

    Actually, it's the other way around, saying all videogames are bad because MMOs are bad, is like saying a foot fetish is bad because porn is bad. Foot fetish in porn is bad, because porn is bad, foot fetish with a clean partner is fine.

    I agree on both of your other points. Not all people get addicted as easily or as hardly, some people can get addicted playing anything, and other people only get addicted when playing MMOs and stuff, my point is, if you don't overdo it, and you're not playing just for the dopamine or getting a killstreak or whatever, but actually for the storytelling, then it's not addictive.

    Reading books is also bad if you take it to the point where it messes with the rest of your life, but that doesn't mean you should not read. Food is also bad if you eat too much of it because you'll get fat and die of a heart attack, but if don't eat you die, so everything has to be moderated to some point. It's all about whether something is addictive by design, or just addictive for certain people. Each of us should know our limits and not make a habit of crossing them too often.
  12. Perigee

    Perigee Member

    Psychology today is only a step above buzzfeed in terms of its accuracy and quality of information.
  13. YourBrainRebalanced

    YourBrainRebalanced Administrator Staff Member

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