Recently, there has been a report of two males in separate places who went on a “gaming binge” and suffered the ultimate consequence of their personal actions — death. So it leads us to question as to whether technology, although very helpful, can be seriously harmful to the user.
One of the men was a 32 year old gamer who went on a gaming binge for three days straight at a Taiwanese Internet Cafe. Then, only a few days later, we discover that another male gamer died in Taipei after a five day gaming binge. It makes you wonder: “why are these guys seriously dumb enough to play until they die?” Personally, I can’t do anything for more than a day without water and/or food!
We aren’t here to say that gaming is bad, but we do want to stress that gaming too much and/or the use of technology for long periods of time can seriously damage the body, mind, and overall physical health. Just to name of few of these problems, gaming can cause repetitive strain injuries (overuse of hand muscles) and obesity (due to lack of movement), and also auditory and visual hallucinations and addiction.
So why is it that the gaming experience has become an addictive property to a small minority of people? Well, from forming our own conclusions, there are games which never end. You can reach goals and collect rewards, but the game has no ending. One such game, known to the vast majority of the public, is Flappy Bird. The game is a continuous game with no ending — you don’t reach an end or a goal to finish the game. Many people hate “losing” or just stopping the game because they can’t pick back up from where they started. Therefore, if they are able to keep going they will do so. Which can ultimately harm you if you are very good at the game, and can play continuous with no end goal.
So how do you know when too much is too much? How do I know that myself or my friends are developing an unhealthy addiction?
We found 9 symptoms to look for in gamer/s who are going too far. These 9 symptoms are from Mark Griffith, a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University (UK). Thank you for these warnings!
(1) Preoccupation with internet games
(2) Withdrawal symptoms when internet gaming is taken away
(3) The need to spend increasing amounts of time engaged in internet gaming
(4) Unsuccessful attempts to control participation in internet gaming
(5) Loss of interest in hobbies and entertainment as a result of, and with the exception of, internet gaming
(6) Continued excessive use of internet games despite knowledge of psycho-social problems
(7) Deception of family members, therapists, or others regarding the amount of internet gaming
(8) Use of the internet gaming to escape or relieve a negative mood
(9) Loss of a significant relationship, job, or educational or career opportunity because of participation in internet games.
You will find that a person who has an addiction to gaming will have more than just one of these symptoms; therefore, don’t look at just 1 symptom and say “Oh my goodness — he/she is a gaming addict!! Call the doctor!!”
Observe closely, and if you find that yourself, and/or one of your friends has a problem, then please report the problem to a doctor because gaming, as you have seen, can be deadly.