Video Game Addiction


I’m trying to go asleep around midnight, and my neighbors are setting off ridiculous amounts of extremely loud fireworks.  So I figure I would write on my blog, simply because I haven’t written on it for a little while it seems.  The topic I’d like to talk about, is video game addiction.

I have it pretty bad.  I pretty much fit all the known symptoms, ranging from irritability if I am not playing games to not being able to focus on other activities.  This is probably due to the intense stimulation I feel (another symptom) playing games compared to other activities, which makes me not want to really spend energy on whatever task it may be.  I’ve played video games hardcore since middle school, which means I’ve been playing them for about 15 years.  I love video games with a passion that is so intense I cannot describe.  It isn’t just the complete escape, rather the extremely quick decisions and strategizing that has to be made successfully.  The artistic appeal to plots, visuals, and not to mention great sound effects (which I really think ties a good game together) adds to the constant intense stimulation that I feel.

I would have to say though that it has definitely interfered with my goals in life.  I feel these goals would allow me to reach my full potential, while video games is constant mental masturbation that doesn’t really get me anywhere.  But I can’t stop.  The love for them is really intense, to the point that I would not spend my time furthering my education and potential for a life of constant video game playing.

I’ve tried putting time limits on the gaming but it never works.  So if I need to reduce the game time, I pretty much have to stop it all together.  Which is going to be insanely difficult.  The only way I see getting off of it would be to go to some kind of rehab (which gaming addiction rehab from what I gather is rarely in this country) or to somehow force myself to quit, by somehow physically taking away my computer.  I know so much about computers I can’t really put policies in place to prevent me from gaming, because I could just reverse them.  So I’m thinking about ways I can accomplish this.

But I’m torn.  I don’t want to quit but then I do.  But part of the problem is real life isn’t nearly as stimulating as video games.  So I am in this constant limbo on what to do.

Moral of the story:  If you have kids, really enforce a limit to video game playing when they are young.  My parents kind of let me play a ridiculous amounts of games when I was a child, which started the addiction.  Teaching children to balance their life accordingly is a skill set that will bring them a better quality of life.  And, video game addiction is real.  It can happen, and it can be a consequence of other video games besides the infamous World of Warcraft.

Thanks for reading.



  1. Robert said,

    August 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    You’re right, the amount of video games children play these days should be closely monitored and limited.


    • brengleman said,

      August 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Unfortunately I feel there is not much awareness on the consequences of video game addiction.


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