What is gaming addiction? Part 2

What is gaming addiction? Part 2


Video games, like most things that are entertaining
are designed to be an immersive experience otherwise we would not play them. Generally
immersive experiences put us into an alpha state which is a semi hypnotic state during
which time we are very open to suggestion cue flashback of sitting down mouth open in
front of the TV for hours on end – we’ve all been there. But how do you know when you
are moving from recreational use to habit and then progressing to misuse and finally
addiction. Now, research suggests that we are more vulnerable
to developing an addiction to gaming if one of the main reasons we play is to release
stress or escape difficult feelings and because there is regular and quick reward with digital
games we get conditioned into wanting that reward again and again and our capacity to
wait for the result starts to diminish. Activities in real time give us a more well
rounded reward; socially, physically and emotionally but it takes time to achieve the results and
therefore it is easy to keep dipping into the digital world for that sense of a quick
win! Eventually gaming starts to take precedence over other important activities as education,
work, socialising and spiritual practice and at its worst sleep, hygiene and nutrition.
We may also find that even if we do other things they will all be planned in such a
way as to maximise gaming time. When you don’t get to play you may feel frustrated, agitated
and irritable – all signs of withdrawal. Thankfully it can take months for recreational
use to develop into a disorder so there is time to nip it in the bud. Take home message
– if Gaming is no longer just adding to your life but now taking away from it, you may
want to reign it in. Part 2 deals with ways to manage an emerging
or established gaming disorder. Please do remember to like and subscribe before
you go.

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