Who develops gaming addictions?
who feel lonely, isolated or misunderstood are particularly drawn to the
imaginary world of online games and therefore particularly susceptible to
online gaming addiction. Online games function as substitutions for
real-life interpersonal relationships. They also provide individuals with the opportunity
to reinvent themselves (in the form of an avatar or character) in a way that
compensates for perceived personal deficiencies. Often, individuals who are
addicted to online gaming suffer from mental illnesses or substance abuse
problems. Gaming addiction may also lead to the development of co-occurring
Indicators of gaming addiction.
an online gaming addiction include an inability to cease play, cravings for
more gaming, feelings of emptiness, depression, irritability when not gaming,
withdrawing from friends and family, interference with work or school, dry eyes,
carpal tunnel syndrome and sleep disturbances.
Treating online gaming addiction.
Treatment for online gaming addictions varies, but most plans attempt to treat underlying
causes of addiction, such as depression, loneliness, or feelings of social
inadequacy. If substance or alcohol abuse is concurrent with gaming
addiction, it must be addressed before gaming addiction can be treated.