Video Game Addiction: The Symptoms and its Known Dangers

By Jacques Strauss, | June 12, 2017

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Unlike other forms of addiction, video game addiction is not yet recognized as a diagnosable disorder. Despite such categorization, addiction to video games still poses a real problem among individuals.  

As of the current writing, experts have classified addiction to video games into two. The first form of addiction involves playing single player games or beating a high score, while the second type would include playing online multiplayer games.

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Regardless of the known type of addiction involved, its negative impact still remains. That is why knowing the symptoms of such addiction will surely make a difference.

On the physical aspect of video game addiction, symptoms involve poor personal hygiene, migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain, and fatigue. On the other hand, emotional symptoms may include but not limited to lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent playing, isolation from others in order to devote more time gaming, and feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play.

It is very necessary for an individual person or a close associate to notice some of the said symptoms. This would be very helpful in order to avoid some of the known dangers of video gaming addiction.

One of the most common effects of the said addiction would be sleep deprivation. Although it may not sound severe, continuous and or longer period of sleep deprivation may lead to major health problems.

Apart from sleep deprivation, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome may also be experienced. Excessive vide game immersion could lead to physical impairment.

In some cases, an aggressive behavior may also develop as a form of adverse effect. The stress, frustration, and other negative feelings may compound and may lead the person to display unusual patterns of aggressive behavior towards others.

It would be necessary to take note of the signs and effects of video game addiction. If you notice one or two of the said symptoms manifesting among your friends or within yourself, contacting experts is highly advised.

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