…research shows that some small percentage of gamers are suffering psychologically in ways that at least are not helped by gaming and maybe are worsened. — Peter Gray Ph.D.
We all know that playing video games is popular with children before X-box One and PlayStation was released. There are Gameboys and family computers, for instance. So it is acceptable that most of our generations tend to appreciate the evolving styles of gaming. However, due to the enhanced graphics and simplified controls, people often spend too much time playing that it somehow becomes an addiction.
Though playing a video or online game is entertaining, there are warning signs that people should consider. Here is a list of things that can indicate if a person that is excessively spending time on computer games might need therapy.
Poor Personal Hygiene – Most gamers become lazy, and they often skip shower just to be able to play continuously. Taking care of himself will become less of his priorities, which is why he’s most likely to develop an untidy environment.
Sleep Disorder – A person that excessively plays online games doesn’t consider a break time. As much as possible, he will play games until he passes out. The prolonged playing will somehow cause sleep disruptions due to the neglected need of sleep.
Less Social Life – A gamer will never feel the need for social interaction. He will find contentment in playing video games and talking to virtual friends. He will become more isolated and will refrain himself from connecting with people.
Over the past decade, a growing number of psychologists have started to see addiction to digital technologies as a form of behavioral addiction, similar to pathological gambling, and even to substance dependence addictions. — Utpal Dholakia Ph.D.
Exhibiting Aggression – Since most gamers play violent and loud types of gameplay, they are more prone to display aggression. Their sense of perception changes to a whole new realm of reality that affects their emotional state in some cases. Sometimes, they often have a violent outburst during or after losing the game.
Physical Health Damage – Eating healthy food and exercise is not a priority for most gamers. They might even see it as something that would hinder their gaming experience. In line with that, they often develop headaches, poor eyesight, back pains, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Less Productivity – Excessively playing video games can affect one’s personal sense of purpose. An individual will have troubles in focusing on daily activities. He will also have problems managing his time and eventually disregard important tasks.
Apparently, the whole gaming experience can affect a person’s life in a very depressing way. He might develop behavioral changes that can also affect his mental state. The unhealthy lifestyle will damage his overall perception of right and wrong. Therefore, it is necessary that we understand the risk of too much video game exposure.
Not surprisingly, treatment centers aimed at curing “video game addiction” have opened across the United States as well as parts of Europe and Asia and appear to be doing brisk business. — Romeo Vitelli Ph.D.
Can Therapy Help Gamers?
In all honesty, therapy won’t stop computer addiction. However, in most cases, it promotes a healthy and moderate use. It will identify the damaged areas that need improvement together with the causes of some health issues and assess them through the severity of their inherent difficulties to be able to monitor the progress of an individual.
Too much of everything is dangerous so we have to take note of the things that might eventually affect our health. However, if things get out of hand, we should be open to accepting the fact that we probably might need help to stop our gaming addiction.