Did You Know?
, playing computer games releases dopamine in
the brain’s reward centre. Dopamine is a feel good
hormone released during pleasurable activities. A gaming addiction means
dopamine is released in unnatural quantities. Thus the gamer’s brain becomes
tolerant to dopamine as a result. Gamers need to play computer games constantly
in order to maintain normal levels of dopamine.
gaming addiction is similar to a gambling addiction: both are classed as an
Impulse Control Disorder (ICD). Withdrawal symptoms occur when gaming is
withheld from the addict. Such symptoms typically include irritability or
anxiety when the addict cannot play computer games.
and symptoms of computer game addiction include:
Irritable when not being able to play
into the night
(even at 3-4am),
mood swings, violent and
insomnia, gamer’s thumb, rapid weight
role-playing games (especially multiplayer online games) are
more likely to result in video game addiction than other computer game genres.
addicted to video games have lower academic grades than their non-addicted
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
long do you think is a healthy amount of time to spend gaming per day?
there games that you can imagine being addictive?
do you think young people could avoid being drawn in to gaming addiction?
which ways do you think addiction might affect someone’s mental health or
support could people seek if they felt that they had a problem?
advice would you give to a friend about this?
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