Clay Cutts, L.C.S.W. | 2014 March

March, 2014

 

Computer addiction may sound like so much nonsense to most people. Those people roll their eyes when we talk about the dangers of violent video games or especially Internet Addiction Disorder. The fact is, they may be right. After all, just a few years ago nobody had ever heard of anything like computer addiction. Of course, that was long before the wide availability of high-speed Internet connections. Also, highly immersive …

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Online Gaming Addiction: Recreational Hobby or Dangerous Addiction? Is online gaming addiction a real thing? It depends on who you ask! How many hours are appropriate for someone to play a video game? Some people would say a few hours per week is plenty. Others would say that 6 to 8 hours per day is barely enough. Hard to imagine someone sitting in front of a computer playing a game …

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Video game addiction may sound far-fetched to some people. Recent research has shown that chemicals in the brain such as endorphins and dopamineĀ are released by the brain when we play violent video games. These chemicals have an effect similar to drugs. Addiction is less about the substance or activity and more about the underlying behavior. A drug addict doesn’t necessarily love their drug as much as they love what …

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