Gaming Addiction “Like Cocaine” According to New Article
Due to the overwhelming amount of studies recently released alerting society of gaming addictions and most view it as an epidemic sweeping young people. Today gaming addictions include not only the young, but also their parents and grandparents. With influences like the high rate of unemployment, the high stress situations people find themselves in every day and the boredom that comes with retirement, games offer an escape and provide an outlet for pent-up energy, aggression and disillusionment.
What’s more, the amount of gaming isn’t necessarily the problem; instead, the cultivation of need in regard to gaming creates an addiction, one Steve Pope, a Lancashire, UK therapist calls “equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces” in an article on MCV gaming magazine’s website.
Obviously, kids are particularly at risk, as Pope explains, “It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity. It gives parents peace and quiet, but it becomes a concern when it is all the child wants to do.”
Preventative measures need to be utilized in combating this completely preventable addiction. Even if parents are unable or unwilling to stave the onset of gaming addiction, schools might be able to lend a hand, utilizing addiction consulting provided by outside companies specializing in addiction prevention, treatment and aftercare. To combat a national epidemic everyone must band together with preventative education and the connections available to help those already falling into the trap gaming creates.