Choosing to interact with a virtual word rather than the real, physical world comes naturally to some people. Personally I got into gaming at a young age, but for others gaming is simply an escape from real life. It gives people of all ages and ethnicities a chance to create a world of their own, away from bullies or anything going on in one’s life.
Unfortunately, excessive gaming (whilst it may be fun and exciting) leads to addiction. Take it from a former addict, the consequences of choosing a virtual world, essentially having no life, over the real world can be worse than whatever you are trying to escape from. Gaming really does have a drug like effect.
THE THREE BASIC NEEDS AND HOW GAMING SATISFIES THEM
Dr.Scott Rigby is a gaming psychology expert with extensive experience in the gaming industry. He is founder and president of Immersyve, Inc, a research and consulting group. His interactive work can be seen as part of the “Explore the Universe” exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. According to him gaming fulfils the ‘three basic needs’:
But how do video games satisfy these needs?
How many people are affected, no one really knows but two statistics really stand out:
If this second point’s trend even partially reflects on the global population then something needs to be done.
RIGBY’S FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
So how do you know if you are an addict (because let’s face it…. If you are an addict you are going to deny it)?
I would like to round off my blog posts by saying that… Although a lot of people will never truly know about gaming addiction (or even that somebody close to them has one), it is important to recognise the drug like effect overindulgent gaming entails.
Check out this ABC Catalyst video for their take on gaming addiction!
Study in 2007: Grusser et. Al ‘Excessive computer game playing: evidence for addiction and aggression?” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17474848
Q&A with GLUED TO GAMES’ Scott Rigby:http://www.bookgasm.com/features/interviews/qa-scott-rigby/
Rigby five questions: http://bigthink.com/think-tank/are-video-games-a-drug