This type of addiction is called process addiction. This means that the individual is addicted to an activity instead of a substance.
A video game addiction is a behavioural disorder which affects anyone as young as a child, all the way into adulthood. It is now classified as ICD-11, and it affects the individual’s lifestyle in terms of education, relationships and socialness.
There are two types of video game addiction, these include online and offline games; standard single player games usually involve missions that the individual must complete in order to advance further into the game. Sometimes there are collectables which the individual may start to collect; this can take up hours upon hours to collect them all.
With online video games, the individual may be asked to make an online identity which they then can play in a virtual world earning virtual money – this can also lead to gambling addiction. There is also ‘levels’ where the individual would need to collect ‘experience’ to level up. This can also take hours to do and most of the time there is no end in online multiplayer games meaning that the individual may spend hours, even days playing a game which results in their mental and physical health is affected.
The effects of games aren’t that bad, if the individual knows when to take regular breaks and knows that the game isn’t real. But if the individual plays for hours without any breaks, it will affect their mental/emotional and physical health.
These are some symptoms which will affect one’s health and lifestyle:
– Eye strain
– Carpel tunnel syndrome
– A decrease in personal hygiene
– Isolating themselves away from others
– Restless behaviour
– Pre-planning gaming sessions and thinking about gaming outside of games
– Lying to others about how much they play
Long-term effects of video games are a thing, just like any addiction, they can cause serious harm to an individual and their health over time. Individuals may value video games over their personal health as the addiction becomes an obsession. This can lead to sleeping disorders such as insomnia and eating disorders such as malnutrition.
Adults who have a video game disorder tend to be late to work or even miss out on it due to the fact they want to play video games. Relationships can also be harmed as the individual spends more time playing video games instead of time with their family or partners.
Despite the attempts an individual may take to help themselves, they cannot do everything alone, seeking help is the best option. Here at Lovelong House, an individual is able to overcome the addiction so much easier with help and in a safe and friendly environment. Our services, such as yoga, meditation, group therapy and more, all made so you can feel relaxed whilst having help so you can gain your self-control back