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7-27-2009 @ 5:08PM
You can't be serious.....I can think of a few addictions that are much more detrimental to one's personal health (alcohol, drug, sex)....come on, doctors...go help people who are truly in need of an intervention before they kill themselves or someone else.
7-27-2009 @ 5:42PM
Aren't we all addicted to sex? I thought that was nature!
7-27-2009 @ 6:35PM
The social cost of being addicted to WoW isn't quite as bad as the other things you mentioned, but it is there. Fortunately WoW addiction's physical toll is mostly non-existant. So you put on a few pounds and your kids learn about self reliance a bit earlier than other kids.The thing most WoW players don't want to face is the fact that if they are addicted to WoW, any play at all is too much. The cost of addiction isn't just in the time they actually play it, it's the time they spend thinking about it, obsessing over it and preparing for it when they're not playing it.If you have an inkling that your WoW playing habits are unhealthy, stop trying to justify it and just stop playing. Permanently.
7-27-2009 @ 6:38PM
nih...you have a valid point. But if video game addiction is truly an addiction, then just trying to "stop playing" will likely be a futile act with out the necessary tools and help that would be needed for other more commonplace addictions.
7-27-2009 @ 6:50PM
Agreed totally. There's absolutely no support for people who want to stop playing but are having trouble. The process of cancelling your account, deleting your characters, instituting 24-7 lockout hours and informing your online friends of your pending disappearance is far too many steps for most people to take without changing their minds.Likewise people who don't play do not understand how hard it is for WoW players to not continue playing.There needs to be a tool for WoW players to force themselves to stop playing for a set amount of time. Something like a big red button on the account management page that freezes your account and gametime for a month. It should be irrevokable by any means once clicked.
7-28-2009 @ 1:01AM
Actualy, there is already something like that. Its the parental control deal that is in the game to control the ammount of time played. Just have a loved one or someone they trust set it up so that they can't undo it in a moment of weakness.Still, addicted or not, having to choose between playing unhealthily and not playing at all is a bit extreem.
7-28-2009 @ 10:57AM
I wonder how long it'll be before we see the first publicly WoW-addicted psychologist.
7-28-2009 @ 11:31AM
@LostOne that was my first thought. LOL
7-28-2009 @ 2:49PM
How about therapists are addicted to helping people.Some people just don't need help.
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