[Note: this writing on video game addiction is referring to SERIOUS gaming addicts, not just the typical gamer. A typical gamer can play for an hour or two, then continue with their daily life in stride, whereas a gaming addict will be stuck on the screen all day and will not get off. These are the ones that the writing speaks of.]
A child, teenager, or even young adults eyes glued to a screen, keyboard clicking away and mouse moving on its own accord, as sounds of bullets, cars, or digital characters holler at each other from the speakers.

Points add up, the video gamer groans, cheers, or simply moves their eyes around the screen as they intently or sluggishly play on their devices.

Meanwhile their parents, pets, siblings or significant other watches pitifully or angrily from the side, wishing that the person would get off and do something better with their lives other then waste it on what is obviously a stupid electronic program. Can’t the player see that?

And yet when they protest to the gamer to get off, the response is outrage, accusations of nagging, and their own chorus of whining.

I am talking about video game addiction.

Parents use it to make their kids quiet down. Kids beg to play it and spend countless hours a day on it, and endless whining ensues if they don’t get their insane amount of time.

Parents suffer, grades plummet, pimple rates skyrocket and relationships end. 

All due to stupid video games.

What most people probably don’t know, due to the fact that it is such an embarrassing truth, is that I used to be one of the worst video game addicts there was. I was the whining video game addict times ten. I took the gaming to another level of extreme.

Confrontations between me and my parents over video games actually got the cops involved.

As the reader to this blog you’re probably getting hopeful thinking “Oh well this writer obviously quit video games somehow, or else he wouldn’t be writing this! Maybe there’s hope and he’ll offer me a solution!”

Nope. Sorry. What made me stop video games was three and a half years of incarceration living with real life gangsters and thugs. And during that time I woke up and made a vow never to touch a video game again, and I have been keeping very well to that promise.

However, we don’t wish incarceration on the video game addict you know, don’t we.

So what made me suddenly write this blog about video game addiction?

I had just gotten home from work, and I was tired and pretty exhausted. Life is stressful, many projects and things going on, and really sometimes I just want a break from it. And as I walked in my room and sat down not knowing what to do, I suddenly felt the slight wish that I was in another world where I could do whatever I want, and everything that was truth, would disappear and vanish momentarily.

And that’s what video games is really, an escape from what’s real.

Once you’re in the game, all the school drama, work drama, friends and family drama completely falls away, and you’re in this animated world that is controlled and designed to make you excited, happy, or any emotion that you don’t often get in the dull day to day real life. And since the worlds in those games can be so thrilling sometimes, all a person wants to do is experience that thrill again and again, hence the child crying and always reaching for his portable device.

As that goes on however, the games mind starts to suddenly get brainwashed. All of a sudden the video game isn’t an escape from what’s real, but the video game IS real, and the real world just becomes a nuisance.

Now the person can’t wait to leave school, can’t wait for their class to end, can’t wait to arrive home to go into their “real” world of videogames to accomplish their “real” goals that must be met.

Getting to a certain level or rank in a game suddenly becomes more important than fighting for that raise in a job.

At this point, anything you say to the gamer will go straight through their ears, and they will take any words you say as annoying nagging.

Taking away the games will do nothing but lead them to hatred. Nonstop lectures on getting off or stopping will only make them dread seeing you, and they will attempt to hide the fact that they are playing whenever you pass by.

They will start becoming more socially awkward. They will not reach their highest potential in work, education or relationships, and they will suffer it immensely and highly regret it in the end.

Sometimes the only thing that gets the gamer to stop is their own realization that their living situation is incredibly pathetic and that in order to move on they will have to straighten up their act or else they will always be embarrassed about their situation and will never move on in life to attain what they want, yet have been too distracted to attain.

It will have to be their own loathing of the game to get them to stop, and their own promise to keep it so. They can’t promise anyone that they’ll stop, but they must promise themselves.

They’ll see people with beautiful girlfriends or relationships being born. They’ll see people their age supporting their own living and will suddenly see their game not as a thrill, but a thing of despise.

Only their own conscience can wake them to this. 

Before I got arrested for the three and a half years however, I was playing less games. I’d still waste a few hours here and there a day, and would still be stoked to get on and turn on the game, however the constant nagging from my parents did eventually catch up and I was simply tired of it. I went from being a gaming addict to just a regular gamer.

If there’s someone you know or love that is addicted to video games and you wish for them to stop, it really depends on their age. If they’re very young, meaning elementary school even to high school, there’s really not much you can do. Some parents seem to have found a way, but for the most part it’s all up to the kid. In my case, I was going to get my hands on the game on way or another. It’s kinda your fault for having allowed games into their lives, though of course there are many other ways they could have been introduced to it.

I had friends who were gaming addicts who were still able to accomplish so much in life and be successful, so it also really depends on the child.

Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t a complete loser because of games. I was still a fairly good athlete playing multiple sports, I was pretty advanced in my musical talents and my grades were not all too shabby. This is with me playing countless hours of games a day.

But with that being said…imagine how much I could have excelled if video games weren’t in the picture at all. 

For older people, college aged and adult, there’s nothing you can do but hurt inside. But thankfully, college aged video game addicts are rare. Most people seem to grow out of it by high school anyways. If they haven’t, well they most likely won’t have a relationship life or whatever they have won’t last long until they wake up.

I hope you enjoyed this read and learned something of video game addiction from it. If you have any comments or questions on matters that I’ve failed to mention, please comment below and I will respond as quick as I can.

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