Many video games, especially fun little arcade or mobile phone games, can progress rapidly from a diverting hobby into a serious addiction. Addiction to a game like Tetris can start as innocuously as downloading a free trial of the game, but addicts can see their lives spiral out of control as their gaming fix becomes the single most controlling influence in their lives.
Tetris is a highly addictive game which has been around on various platforms for many years, and consists of aligning randomly delivered coloured blocks into rows to dissolve them. Most commonly used as an “idle moments” game played while waiting for a bus, sitting on the train or just waiting for something else, Tetris has become a well known modern household name and is an increasingly common pasttime for a growing number of people.
Symptoms of Tetris Addiction
If you are concerned about the behaviour of someone you care about who may be suffering from an addiction to one of the Tetris games?
- Do they seem happy or content while playing Tetris but become angry or upset if they have to stop?
- Are they constantly talking about or distracted by Tetris even during other things like work or family time?
- Do they seem to spend every free moment they have playing Tetris?
- If you ask what they have been doing recently do they change the subject or try to “laugh off” their time spend playing Tetris?
- Have you ever seen them getting up or still playing Tetris at odd hours of the day, even in the middle of the night?
Tetris features simple mechanics which are highly intuitive, especially on mobile phones, and the simplistic nature of the puzzle solving makes the game highly addictive, simple and colourful graphics making the game seem innocent and accessible to all ages. Although the cost of the game is low and it can even be free, addiction to Tetris 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.
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.