Video games, Addiction and Aggression

by willminville on October 31, 2017 - 12:34am

Video games, Addiction and Aggression

Ever since video games have become popular, they’ve always kept bringing new people to play them as a hobby. The problem with this type of activity is that it is sometimes very addictive and might lead to some complications for certain players. The article’s main focus is based on the negative effects of video games and how certain people have been able to get over their addiction. Hilarie Cash, Co-Founder and chief clinical officer at ReSTART, an organization that helps gamers with video game problems, states that her clients have big issues managing their lives: “They haven’t been brushing their teeth; they haven’t been taking good showers; they haven’t been eating well. They haven’t been learning how to build and maintain relationships, so they don’t have a clue, and at this point, it’s highly anxiety-provoking.” In fact, most of them are either depressed, anxious, struggling at school or at work, losing sleep or even having difficulties in their social lives because they pass to much time in front of their gaming devices. Mrs. Cash and her colleagues are working hard to help addicted players who are willing to get rid of their addiction to video games. A professor in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University who studied the effects of violent video games is also convinced that they increase the number of acts of violence made by gamers. There are still some positive effects to playing video games that can be seen in the following article: https://www.aaas.org/news/strategy-based-video-games-may-improve-older-adults-brain-function.

 

As a casual video game player myself, I can agree that they may sometimes be addictive. I’m glad to see that there are organizations dedicated to this type of addiction seriously. However, we should not generalize too much on that subject since playing video games isn’t a bad thing only because some people pass too much time playing them. According to me, video games shouldn’t take more place in your life than your social life, your studies and the last but not least: your vital needs.

 

The article was really interesting but could’ve included more statistics to put more emphasis on the huge amount of time people spend on that type of activity. Other than that, great text! You can read the full article here: https://www.aaas.org/news/video-games-bad-ugly-and-potentially-good

Comments

Nice text williamminville, I am sure your article might help some people to realize they are having a gaming problem. How is your relationship with video games?

Like a friend of mine once told me, your English is on top!

Greetings wilminville. Great job summarizing this article. You also made some key points such as 'playing video games isn’t a bad thing only because some people pass too much time playing them.' It's a similar argument that we could make about many addictive things and I tend to agree with you. The same argument is made, in a slightly different way, about some more serious social concerns: It is not a problem of the thing we use, but rather of the way the thing is used by people. However, in some situations, this argument is flawed. For example, gun control. I find it frustrating to hear the retort by NRA supporters that gun control is more about controlling how people use guns rather than controlling access to guns (i.e 'guns don't kill people... people kill people.' ) When we identify that there is a broad social concern, it is necessary to examine the root of the issue - our fundamental assumptions - and be critical of ourselves. Thank you for bringing up a really interesting angle to this debate.

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