Online Gaming & Video Game Addiction

Online Gaming AddictionMany video games, especially massively multiplayer online roleplaying games (MMORPGs) give people a feeling of godlike power and progress rapidly from a diverting hobby into a serious addiction. Addiction to online video games can start as innocuously as downloading a free trial of the game, but addicts can see their lives spiral out of control as their online gaming fix becomes the single most controlling influence in their lives.

Many online games have been running for many years and have captured the imaginations of many millions of players worldwide. Often set in large and detailed fantasy worlds, they draw players into adventures, online battles and intricate quests and stories from the comfort of their own homes. Many people will sit alone in their rooms for many hours at a time, leaving rarely - if at all - to eat, drink or take care of other bodily functions. Sleep deprivation is common.

Symptoms of Online Video Game Addiction

If you are concerned about the behaviour of someone you care about who may be suffering from an addiction to online video games?

  • Do they seem happy or content while playing but become angry or upset if they have to stop?
  • Are they constantly talking about or distracted by their games even during other things like work or family time?
  • Do they seem to spend every free moment they have going online to play games?
  • If you ask what they have been doing recently do they change the subject or try to "laugh off" their time spend playing games?
  • Have you ever seen them getting up or still playing games at odd hours of the day, even in the middle of the night?

While it is possible for people to enjoy online video games without developing an addiction there is a significant risk amongst those who spend many hours playing. Although the monthly cost of the games are low and can even be free, addiction to online video games can destroy a person's work and family life by consuming enormous volumes of their time and cause them to neglect more important aspects of their everyday life, even up to such basic necessities as eating and bathing.

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If you or someone you care about is having trouble breaking out of an addictive playing pattern with video games that you used to control but which now seem to control you, call our free advice line today on 08000 886 686 in complete confidence to see how we can help you get back on track.

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