Upon researching the addiction to video games, I found many useful streams of information to assimilate how and why such an addiction could be a truly detrimental behavior. There are many symptoms that one may exhibit while the addiction takes hold of them:
A preoccupation to the game itself, while away from it. Downplaying computer use, they de-emphasize the amount of time they actually spend playing on the computer or a particular game. The Lack of control, They are incapable of controlling the amount of time they spend playing such a game. Loss of time, this I fear is the most important or most detrimental, playing for hours through the night, when the true intention was to sit down for a few minutes can and I believe will have lasting effects through that persons life, both socially and professionally. Negatively impacting other areas of life, Neglecting your social and professional responsibilities. Projects go unfinished, personal hygiene neglect. Defensiveness, denial is often attributed along with the defense of ones actions towards the time spent playing. Misuse of money, an addicted gamer may spend an exorbitant amount of money on games, computer systems and software. This becomes a greater problem if those funds are meant for bills, groceries, and other necessities. Mixed Feelings, the use of the substance, in this case – the game, the person may feel euphoric, but that euphoria is soon followed by guilt. Guilt may be felt either over what the person is doing while online or simply the amount of time spent.
To combat the addiction, and this could be any addiction, we all must have self control over our actions!