A video game addiction is just like any other addiction. These addicts seek stimulus from their subjects and cannot refrain from it. It impedes on their daily lives, interrupts their way of logic, and has no real benefits. The major reason why addictions begin is because it helps them cope with their emotions. For them, it’s another world that is immersive and engaging to the point that they are entranced by it. Video games and the Internet provide a plethora of communities and people to meet. Since it is easier to remain anonymous on the Internet, there are opportunities to create alter egos. As harmless as it may sound, there are negative side effects that stem from their addiction.
People suffering from depression have had their ways to cope with it. Whether it was drugs, alcohol, food, video games or etc; it is their way of coping. Unlike drugs and alcohol, video games are easier to obtain. They are usually on sale, many retail stores carry games, and most of them are now free on the internet. Video games are more lasting than the consumable coping mechanisms. Depending on what genre and size the game is, the playability of the game can range from a few to thousands of hours. This allows them to escape to another world where they can forget about reality. However, they could possibly do just as much harm than those drugs.
On the internet, a person can become an alter ego and more. A computer monitor creates an invisible barrier that allows someone to do whatever they would want to on the internet. With the given opportunity to redefine their selves, impersonation or imaginative personas are born. While there are numerous reasons why this can occur, there is not much to prevent this. There are some internet laws that fine the impersonator but only in certain states. Furthermore, this would allow them to experiment with multiple identities. Unless illegal activities like hacking or a simple mistake occurs then the possibility of remaining anonymous is high.
The chances of meeting likeminded people vary between the environments that someone resides in. Unlike real life, millions of people can connect to the Internet. Variations of ethnicity, social status, and ages can gather on the Internet. It also transcends time zones and somewhat of a language barrier. Due to advancements in online translators and databases,
Most video gamers do not consider ergonomics or even their posture when they’re playing. As a result, they start to develop forward head posture. Forward head posture is the forward displacement of the head where your chin is out in front of your shoulders and chest that causes pathological tension on the spinal cord and brain stem (Lerner). More or less, it’s poor posture that has overlooked effects. For every inch of forward disposition, ten pounds of effective weight is added to your neck and upper back (Hughes). This will affects breathing, range of motion, and causes pain plus discomfort. Lung...