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Gaming Addiction: How far can it go?

Gaming Addiction: How far can it go?
Video game addicts can seek treatment on NHS after condition classified as mental illness CREDIT: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Gaming Addiction refers to people spending hours each day and night playing games on a mobile, PC, or Console. The consequences can be far more disastrous than one can imagine.

Young People Addicted to Gaming

Despite the fact that addiction can be experienced by all ages, the vice has been found prevalent in young people -teenagers in particular.

This week a story surfaced of a 16-year-old, who was addicted to playing a mobile game ,shot his mother dead allegedly for scolding him over his PUBG ( a popular video game) game addiction.

Research has it that teens spend several hours playing video games. The commonly used devices are a computer, mobile device and console. Boys make up the large majority of gamers.

Officially known as “Internet gaming disorder”, gaming addiction has had a negative toll on several teens. Most of the video games depict acts of violence. An unreal world that the young ones tend to take as their all in all.

Causes of Video Games Addiction

In a generation where Science and Technology is being considered as the future, a lot of people are very much more engaged online than before – Teens inclusive and this has exposed them to digital media such as social media, watching videos, and games.

However, research indicates that depression and anxiety are the key causes of Video game addiction. In an attempt to deal with this situation, teens tend to turn to video games.

The urge to have more and more. This is evidenced by the fact that one plays a game with a target of reaching a certain level in the game. It then becomes a craving that needs to be satisfied by all means.

What can / has been done so far ?

First and foremost, parents and guardians ought to limit video game time for teens. This should be done earlier enough to avoid cases of having a deeply addicted teen responding aggressively.

Being a positive role model. Adults should check on the time they spend Online or on a device. This will ease their work when cautioning teens on the time they spend Online playing games.

In the case of depressed teens; positive ways of coping up with situations should ne devised. These include physical activity, taking nature walks ,a attending social functions among others.

Government banning some of the addictive games. Especially those that express violence. In 2019, a Hyderabad ( India ) – based NGO sought a ban on PUBG. In 2020, PUBG Mobile was banned in the country.

In addition, Gaming companies have gone ahead to impose certain age restrictions to games depicting more violent scenes. For instance, certain games can’t be played by teens without parental control permission.

Furthermore, a daily limit of playing the game has also been set by certain gaming companies. This is an improvement unlike before when one could play on and on.

Mayende Collins Israel

Contributor, The Postdale Daily

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