Video games can be addictive for some people. Several factors can play a role in video games becoming addictive:
- Compelling Content: Video games can have compelling content and compelling stories, creating constant curiosity and discovery. Players may want to keep playing to discover more of the story, unlock new content, or gain higher achievements.
- Bonus mechanism: Video games often use reward mechanisms, such as achieving goals, leveling up, receiving rewards, completing quests, and other achievements. These mechanisms stimulate the reward system in the brain, creating satisfaction and motivation to keep playing.
- Flow State: Video games can create a flow state, in which the player is completely focused and loses judgment of time and surroundings. This state creates a feeling of happiness and fulfillment, and the player wants to continue the experience.
- Social interaction: Some video games have a social interaction feature, allowing players to connect and interact with other players over the network. This can create a vibrant gaming community and a sense of belonging to a group, bonding and feeling essential to each other's presence.
Although video games can be addictive, not everyone who plays is addicted. Some people have self-control and play in a balanced way, while others can easily lose control and be abused.