[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”VIDEO GAME ADDICTION” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Playing video games can be fun, but when it starts affecting your social, personal, and professional life, it becomes a harmful addiction that needs to be addressed.
According to the University of Mexico, recent research suggests that 6–15% of game players will have signs of addiction. This addiction may lead to some serious consequences and its sign and symptoms are very difficult to diagnose. The internet is the main source of video game addiction (Griffiths & Meredith, 2009).
Games are of two types: single player games and multiple player games.
Video game addiction is very common among growing children (Fisher, 1994). They love playing games instead of reading their books. This will affect their education. They also want to play while learning and eating. This also affects their health. Games designers are designing games to make money. So, they design games in challenging ways that make the players want to play again and again to accomplish the challenge of the game. Some will also play games for the sake of earning money like gamblers. Whatever the cause may be, the addiction is still lethal and needs to be addressed.
Addiction to playing games will cause mood swings, aggression, and anxiety (Grüsser, Thalemann, & Griffiths, 2006). So, it is not surprising that game lovers take antidepressants to address the sadness they feel when they lose. These antidepressants have side effects like nausea vomiting, hypotension, and decreased heartbeat.
Bupropion, which falls into the class of antidepressants, is now used to treat game lovers’ addictions (Han, Hwang, & Renshaw, 2010). It is also used as an aid in smoking cessation. The drug has side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive sweating, itching, and fever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]