What is Video Game Addiction?• Addiction is defined as “A primary, chronicdisease, characterized by impaired controlover the use of a psychoactive substanceand/or behavior.”• People who play games compulsively andavoid other responsibilities are video gameaddicts.
What is Video Game Addiction(Cont’d)• Video game addiction is not an addiction thatis recognized in the Diagnostic and StatisticalManual of Mental Disorders.• It shares many of the symptoms of otheraddictions and is a rising concern.
Symptoms of Video Game Addicts• Most non-school hours are spent on thecomputer or playing video games• Falling asleep in school• Falling behind with assignments• Worsening grades• Lying about computer or video game use• Choosing to use the computer or play videogames, rather than see friends
Physical Symptoms That May Point ToAddiction• Carpal tunnel syndrome• Sleep disturbances• Backaches or neck aches• Headaches• Dry eyes• Failure to eat regularly or neglecting personalhygiene
InterviewsWhat are the affects of Video Game Addiction?“It affects the same pleasure centers in the brainthat make people want to come back," said Dr.Michael Fraser, a clinical psychologist on theupper East Side and professor at Weill CornellMedical College.
Interviews Pt.2• Can video game addiction be as addicting asto alcohol?"If you look at alcoholism and Internetaddiction, its the exact same pattern ofbehavior," agreed Dr. Kimberly Young, apsychologist and founder of the Center forOnline and Internet Addiction in Bradford, Penn.
Interviews Pt.3• Can Video Game Addiction be considered anactual addiction?• "There is nothing here to suggest that this is acomplex physiological disease state akin toalcoholism or other substance abuse disorders, and itdoesnt get to have the word addiction attached toit," said Dr. Stuart Gitlow of the American Society ofAddiction Medicine and Mt. Sinai School of Medicinein New York.
Seven Principles of Game Addiction•Interactivity• Customization• Strong Identities
Seven Principles of Game Addiction(Cont’d)•Well ordered problems•Games are pleasantly frustrating•Games are build around the cycle of expertise•“Deep and Fair”
Follow Up• Unplugged: My Journey Into the Dark Worldof Video Game Addiction• You Know Youre A Video Game Addict If• Game Addiction: The Experience and theEffects
Questions• What did you learn from this presentation ofVideo Game Addiction?• Does anyone have any questions?• Did this presentation, change your perspectiveabout the seriousness of Game Addiction?