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What are peoples views on this matter?
Do you think playing excessive computer games is classed as an addiction or do you believe it to be more of an obsession?

Has anyone had any experience with this sort of thing?

Enlighten me!
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(Original post by jodi mary)
What are peoples views on this matter?
Do you think playing excessive computer games is classed as an addiction or do you believe it to be more of an obsession?

Has anyone had any experience with this sort of thing?

Enlighten me!
I know this is long but please don't give up until you reach the end!

I think that an addiction would mean that you would have withdrawals from not playing for a while and become dependent on gaming as a means for coping with boredom or life in general. It is unfortunate to see so many people waste time by remaining idle and becoming the game, absorbing themselves into something that's not real to an unhealthy level.

I don't feel there's anything wrong with gaming so long as your mentally healthy and just using it for entertainment purposes through competition, fun and an outlet for stress then that's great! But, sometimes you can obsess over it because it may be that gaming is all that is left for you to do or think about.

My personal view is that as generations come and go, our's and the next are beginning to feel that "God is in the TV", and what I mean by that is I feel in some cases too much time is being spent sitting and playing video games to a point that you allow it to take over your life and effectively worship it and others use it as a scapegoat for anything criminal (the associations on the news between violent games and real-life violence) or an excuse for parenting. You may have noticed that life was more simple but in general, parents had better relationships with their children before the introduction of video games because more time was spent together, now many allow it and the TV to bring up their own children. Again, no offence meant to anyone whose parents work, I completely understand but this is'nt the point I'm making.

My personal opinion is that gaming, like alcohol or anything else should be used for recreational purposes in moderation.
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Excessive use of anything to the point you can't stop and it's detrimental to your health or wellbeing is an addiction, whether it's drugs, food, sex, TV, stamp collecting...

The real problem comes in identifying it, particularly incorrectly. 'Excessive use' is subjective. If someone plays games every day, some people would say that's excessive, many would say it's not necessarily so. Also, most people can't tell if something is detrimental to your health.

People will often believe that you can gauge someone's mental health by how often they "go out", but what the heck is "going out"? Drinking yourself stupid in a loud, sweaty environment? Just being outside in general, for no particular reason? Going to town then walking back again without wanting to buy anything? Hanging around an outside area?

Doesn't that sound preposterous?

So you get everyone and their mother questioning everyone else's mental health, without considering other factors. For example, how can you expect an unemployed 17 year old to "get out there" when they live in a lifeless village they've just moved in to? Then you get newspapers preying on this by linking everything to cancer, heart problems and being molested. Like I said, ANYTHING in excess is bad. You can die by drinking too much water. Everything should be taken in moderation, but knowing what moderation is is far too sophisticated a subject to sum up in a few sentences.

Someone who spends all of this time "getting out there" and socialising can and often do have far more and worse issues than the one who's happy staying in most of the day doing 'only' one or two activities like watching TV and playing games.
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Probably watching this video might be enlightening.

I think it's dumb to say it doesn't exist.
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Its fun, but it is also a great form of escapism for me. I hate it when people say its an addiction. Sometimes I'm told if I spent as much time doing something else as much as I game, I could actually do stuff. Those people can shove it where the sun don't shine. I'm not addicted, I could go with out it. But why would I want to? I enjoy it and life at the moment is crap and depressing, I'm turning 18 on sunday and my family are all going out with for dinner with me. I don't want to exist so badly right now, I don't want to speak or face anybody in real life and i definitely don't want to celebrate knowing how bad I feel. This birthday sucks and I just want to barricade my room, install sound proof walls and just cry continuously. Its even worse when people ask how am i doing? Or how things are coming along and I can't say 'end-of-the-world-terrible'. Just nod or lie.

At least when Im gaming, there are no worries, they all disappear. I actually enjoy myself and have a far positive mindset after playing instead of being stuck with my suffocating thoughts that can ruin my day and leave me doing nothing. For me its not an addiction because I can stop if I want to without adverse affects, its just i don't want to.
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Obsession when I can't stop to pöay a game for weeks pr months, but able to stop the number of hours a day.

Addiction when I can't take a break and play the game over 8 hours and more a day.
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