Gaming and Health: Video Game Addiction: WTH?!
by Antwand Pearman on November 21, 2010 at 03:22 AM EDT

Before you argue that video game addiction doesn’t exist, chew on this. In South Korea, a mother and father were so addicted to video games that while raising a pretend child online, they allowed their real daughter to die from starvation. In another situation, a 30-year-old man continuously played a video game for 3 days and died from exhaustion. There are many horror stories I can tell you, but I doubt your perspective will change overnight. Game addicts can carry traits similar to drug addicts. In some cases extreme weight loss or gain due to starvation or overeating, hygiene issues, like bad breath, decaying teeth and body odor, from lack of self cleansing.

In the past as a joke I referred to people like this as video game crack heads, at the time not understanding the seriously troubling issues this person may have. Some game addicts prefer in-game life rather than real-life dust leaving their bodies to decay in the real world as they live in a fantasy one. Take a look at the movie “surrogates” starring Bruce Willis and you’ll see my point. Though some of you may think the idea of video game addiction is silly, believe me my friend, it’s not. “Addiction” by definition is the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Ask yourself if you know someone like this or are you yourself the person describe here. Can you walk away from a video game for more than an hour without breaking a sweat? Do you play so much you have dreams about it? Do you sometime confuse the real world with the fantasy world? Do the people in your life argue that you play video games way to much? Most importantly do video games hold higher importance in your life than anything else? If so you may be a video game addict.

Video game addiction is serious, and if we as gamers don’t bring this to light, then we would do our peers and ourselves a great disservice. Let society see us as more than just game addicted zombies. More or less let them see us as a community that adds value to the world. Thank you for reading.

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