Some people reading this article may wonder how anyone could possibly become addicted to something like playing video games. The truth is, that countless youths and even adults across the world suffer from an insatiable appetite for gaming.
Video games may have begun as simplistic and comparatively limited forms of entertainment a few decades ago, but today they are one of the most well-developed forms of digital stimulation available to consumers today.
It comes as no surprise if a person develops internet gaming disorder when their minds are being stimulated on a level not unlike the effects of drugs on the brain. In any given session of gaming, a person will experience a large range of excitable emotions and cognitions, which the brain may indeed become very interested in continuing.
One will then easily form a gaming habit if they decide that this is a field of human entertainment that they can really get on board with. While there is, of course, no problem with having a gaming hobby, too many people just take such activities too far when their brains decided that this is a primary source for their happiness and self-validation.
It can be tricky identifying signs of video game addiction, and many people can, of course, confuse the symptoms being displayed with drug addiction. Let us now look at five of the most pertinent indicators that parents and friends can look out for.
- An Irritable Mood
Just how drug addicts can become aggravated when kept away from their drugs or when not high, those that have been withheld from playing on the PlayStation or personal computer can indeed become irritable.
You may suddenly find that a person’s mood changes completely once they are finally allowed or have access to their console or computer, such a massive mood swing being a critical indicator that someone may indeed need video games to feel calm and happy.
- It is All they Talk About
Have you ever become irritated with someone because they wouldn’t stop talking about something?
If someone only ever talks about video games, they may indeed be properly hooked. When your cognition and its values have largely become wired around beating other players online or getting to the next level, then you may indeed be a video game addict.
- Telling Lies
Some people are naturally very good at fabricating scenarios and alibis, and you may not realize just how much someone has been playing if they can easily convince you that they have been running in the park or doing homework.
It is, of course, a very strong indicator of a problem when someone realizes that their behaviour is indeed alarming if they have reached the stage where they need to lie about their daily activity. You should now know that a person may have a problem if you manage to see through their deceit.
- A Preference for Isolation
Social interaction means that you are being kept away from playing video games – unless of course your friends also enjoy nothing more than having a LAN (linking up computers so that everyone can play together).
You need to carefully assess why a person has suddenly become far less outgoing and open to invitations. They may indeed prefer the company of cyber characters to real life people.
- Insomnia or an Aversion to Sleep
The bright and highly vivid colours and shapes that appear on the screens individuals find themselves glued to for hours at a time can easily stimulate the brain to the level where it may find it hard to switch off at night.
Insomnia can very easily be formed by a regular overuse of electronics at night, just before the regular sleep stages. Many players will also simply not want to sleep at all when they are so hooked on shooting other players in an online military simulator or desperately need to lift the curse in a medieval village.
It can indeed be very upsetting to feel like you are losing a friend or family member fall under the spell that video games do unfortunately cast on individuals that are far too vulnerable towards the thrills and emotional pulls of gaming.
You need to ensure that you treat their condition with seriousness and sensibility, and get them the professional help that they need in order to break free of their addiction.