Video Game Addiction: Is it Real?
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Do you love gaming? A lot of teens and adults alike enjoy gaming. Have you ever stayed up all night playing a game because you just couldn’t stop? I’m sure again that all of us gamers can definitely answer yes to this question. Have you heard about something called video game addiction? Experts in their respective fields have been debating whether or not video game addiction (VGA) is a real thing. One thing known for sure is that too much gaming can lead to problems and issues in your life. While the experts continue debating, let’s talk about the issue by looking at what this could mean.
Some of the symptoms listed that could indicate a problem:
Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play
Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session
Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing
Isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming
Migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain
Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse
Poor personal hygiene
If you game and you are experiencing these symptoms then you might have a problem and should consider gaming a little less. Yes, I just said that. A break will give you a chance to refresh and maybe even give you a new perspective within your game that could help.
If you or someone you know needs help, Youth Outreach is available. Stop by or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023.