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10-17-2011 @ 7:32PM
I really hate when people call it gaming addictionSee http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00SvIIualUw and the subsequent parts to that series.I'd see if she misses it too, or even try another game that she likes. Wait around for GW2 or Starwars. Try Lisa's advice see if it works
10-17-2011 @ 7:53PM
What a druggie does instead of getting a job: Does drugs.What an alcoholic does instead of getting a job: Drinks alcohol.What a video game addict does instead of getting a job: Plays video games.When something becomes so overwhelming that you do that thing instead of doing what you should be doing, that's a classic sign of addiction.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_addiction"Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction which does not rely on drugs or alcohol. Increasingly referred to as process addiction or non-substance-related addiction ) behavioral addiction includes a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until said action causes serious negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being. One sign that a behavior has become addictive is if it persists despite these consequences."The video you linked states that there is no video game addiction, but rather "compulsion." The behavior and addiction scientists use compulsion as a main-stay in their definition of behavioral addiction. I'll go with the professionals with sources on wiki, over a cartoon on youtube that is very obviously biased and apologetic towards gaming as a positive thing.
10-17-2011 @ 11:45PM
Video games involve a lot of the same naturally occurring reward chemicals in the brain that drugs either replicate or stimulate.So while the rest of the body may not suffer from side-effects, the brain can behave in much the same way.
10-18-2011 @ 4:53AM
Addictive behaviour often relates to displacement activity, to deal with anxiety. Playing video games can be a compulsion. Of course, I'd rather be addicted to video games than crystal meth.
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