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Are video games addictive?


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It's rather psychological addiction than psychical, but yes, you can get addicted to games. It's not only about a personality but also your enviroment. Many people has miserable or boring life and games like RPGs or adventures offers sense of importance - you're or become important person and you're doing important things. No wonder if someone escapes to them, when real life gets tough. Also games based on micro-transactions are often using dirty psychological tricks to hook you to them (lootboxes - already mentioned, "special offers just for you" etc.), so it's not only you who will be in danger, but also your money or even property too.

 

On the other hand, if you spend almost all night playing some game, you know that game is good and worth playing.

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Should this be in the debates section?

 

Some escapism is great, even healthy. However, pretty much anything can be an "addiction. " If it gives us pleasure or some escapism, gets those endorphins pumping it can be addictive. From sky diving, betting on sports, always having your nose in fiction books living the story, food, sleeping, sex, drugs and rock & roll...it all can be and that includes tech. Not just PC games but the very phones in our hands.

 

I worked many years in Substance Abuse treatment. Addiction is a powerful thing but the main definition is when your daily life, health or relationships, job, school...whatever is in your life gets messed up as a consequence of whatever you're doing then it is an issue and possibly an addiction. If you can not fix these things because the PC or Xbox or alcohol or whatever keeps your attention then....that is a concern.

 

So yes, it can be. If you find yourself (or someone else) needing the escapism so much it is adversely impacting your life then I urge you to seek help. Not only for the addiction but for the WHY you need the escapism in the first place.

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If video games become an escape then they become an addiction. Escaping reality is the most addicting thing there is.

But, isn't that WHY folks play games? A temporary escape from reality?

 

Of course! But many people don't want to go back to reality once they've had a taste of something else.

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If video games become an escape then they become an addiction. Escaping reality is the most addicting thing there is.

But, isn't that WHY folks play games? A temporary escape from reality?

 

Of course! But many people don't want to go back to reality once they've had a taste of something else.

 

Well, reality does kinda suck...... :D

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