1. Despite not appearing in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), there has been growing concern about people who appear to be obsessed with video games and spend far too much time playing.
2. Addiction to video games is being considered for upcoming editions of the DSM, but for now it is not recognized as an official clinical problem.
3. Regardless of its unofficial status, there is little question that some individuals (whether they are kids, teenagers, or adults) play video games excessively and that video game addiction can create problems in other important areas of their lives.
4. This is not to imply that everyone who plays video games becomes addicted – in fact, only a small minority seem to develop significant problems.
5. Millions of people play video games in moderation as a way to spend time with friends, relax after a stressful day, and as a simple form of entertainment.
6. Still, keeping gaming habits under control is not something that comes easily to everyone. For some people, online computer gaming becomes the most important thing in their lives.
7. Relationships may suffer when one partner is neglected in favor of video games.
8. When video games are no longer a simple diversion from the real world but an obsession that overtakes all other activities, this can lead to numerous negative consequences in the gamer’s life.
9. Problems Associated with an Addiction to Video Games
b. Physical and Health
e. School / University – Academic success is often one of most obvious causalities of video game addiction.
f. Interpersonal Impact
THE SYMPTOMS AND RISKS OF TELEVISION ADDICTION
1. Studies conducted with self-identified TV addicts have shown that those considering themselves addicted to television were more generally unhappy, anxious, and withdrawn than other people who watch television.
2. Research has revealed disturbing evidence that excessive TV watching is associated with a shorter lifespan. Those in the highest risk category watched an average of 6 hours of television a day, and had a lifespan nearly 5 years shorter than people who did not watch TV.