I'm acutally doing this for my arguementive essay and I'm curious about people's opinion and/or perception on wheither if there is such thing as being addicted to video and/or computer gaming. Video and computer games are increasily popular (as if anyone havent noticed), there are some people who will go out of their way to say that we're likely to be addicted to games than.. like.. say, in 1980s or in the 90s. There are also people who says that game addictions is the same as being an alcholic or drug abuser. I disagree with those people because a game player can have a normal healthy life. They can go to school, have friends, play sport and whatnots.
There has been few cases where people have died from playing excessive amount of games like Lee Seung Seop from South Korea who died after playing Starcraft for over 50 hours. Or how about this guy who played games non-stop for 15 days straight with little water and potty breaks, he died afterward.
Heres my personal favorite: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19766590/
-Police: Babies starved as parent gamed. Couple accused of neglecting young children to surf Web, play video games
RENO, Nev. - A couple authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.
I'm a game player myself and I dont consider myself addicted to games of any kind, eventhough I play too much of them at times.
So... Would you (as a gamer) consider yourselves addicted to games to the degree that it's likely to be hazarous to your health and your social life? Is it possible that gaming addiction is on the rise or does exist considering that the events such as death (as previously stated above) are rare?
I want to hear two sides to this, its a intresting topic to think about.