I used to play video games regularly. In fact, you could say that I was addicted to them. Despite this, it wasn't too long before I realized that after a very short time of playing video games, my ability to concentrate on real life issues would be impaired to an alarming degree. What's more, I also discovered that I was much less even-tempered and tended to be more aggressive towards others. Surprisingly, this didn't seem to be connected to the type of game I was playing, in other words, playing non-violent games didn't make me any less aggressive.
Another noticeable downside to gaming was that after having played for a reasonable length of time, I would often find myself feeling drowsy and lethargic after finishing a gaming session.
My most worrying symptom however, was the continuous need to play more video games. I began to understand what an addiction must feel like. I am convinced that the video games I played had taken a profound hold on me to a possibly dangerous degree. It affected my personal relationships, my work and my social life. Looking back, I find it hard to believe what a mess my life had become. Fortunately for me, I have an understanding and supportive partner who helped me work through my problems and I came out the other side a stronger and enlightened person.
I am still a video gamer but, after setting myself some rules and making sure that I adhere to them, I'm now a happy gamer.
I believe that people who matter, such as physicians, parents, partners, teachers etc. , should start taking some positive action to understand, and deal with, these most insidious side-effects of gaming in order to stop this problem from becoming a national epidemic.
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