Signs of a Gaming Addiction

It is a fact that addiction to anything will bring negative consequences, and when the matter is about gaming addiction, you have to take it seriously. Video game addictions consists of several signs and it is very important to know about them so you can identify and help the person in need.

Emotional Symptoms

Video game addicts suffer from many emotional problems, including:

  • Irritability or Feeling of Restlessness: A feeling of restlessness or irritability is seen among video game addicts when they are unable to play their desired games.
  • Isolation: Video game addicts withdraw themselves from social life so that they can invest more time in gaming. This symptom is called Hikikomori, a Japanese term, and it is seen among adolescents.
  • Agoraphobia: Sometimes gamers become depressed as well as aggressive when they are asked to leave the house. This is a kind of anxiety disorder and it is called agoraphobia.

Physical Symptoms

Excessive playing of video games can create multiple physical problems, including:

  • Fatigue: If you are addicted to gaming, everything outside of the game may be fatiguing, and as a result, you will not feel energetic while doing anything except gaming. This can lead to an inability to concentrate on activities outside of the game, and gradually, you may give up on the things that improve your life.
  • Migraines: People addicted to video games give their 100% focus  and as a result they may suffer from migraines because of eye strain or failure to take care of their other needs.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Due to the excessive use of computer mouse or controllers, video game addicts may suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, which begins as a tingling or numbness in and around the hands and may eventually lead to the loss of control of the hands.
  • Poor Hygiene: Video game addicts may lose track of and forget to take care of themselves. This personal hygiene and could lead to side effects such as a poor odor, oily skin, and skin problems to name a few.

Long Term Consequences Of Gaming Addiction

We have mentioned the short term side effects that game addicts suffer from. Bu, addiction to video games is a kind of compulsive disorder and so it may contribute to more long term consequences.

  • Insomnia: Gamers can develop a lot of bad habits, including not following a regular sleep schedule. This can lead to playing video games throughout the night. In some cases, only sleeping when they pass out from exhaustion. This can mess up the body’s natural rhythms, leading to a need to sleep at random points during the day, including at school or on the job.
  • Financial Problems: Playing videos isn’t necessarily a harm in and of itself. In fact, some people can on for years, ignoring their personal responsibilities and obligations without consequence until the flow of money is cut off. If you are young and a gaming addict, you may find that you aren’t working towards your education, which can hamper your earning potential; the purchasing of games and computer equipment can eat up your savings; or you can lose your job because your performance at work suffers and your company fires you. Other issues can include situations where the addict has children to support or a mortgage to pay. Getting behind on your bills can lead to high interest charges that can take years to pay off.

If you have a gaming addiction, it is important to get help. While the understanding of gaming addictions is still a new area of study, it should be treated with the same immediacy as with any other addiction. 
Occasionally sitting down to enjoy a game isn’t a bad thing, but even casual gamers can get lost in the immersion that many games offer. If you are just sitting down for the first time to play a video game, or want to learn how to get started, make sure that you set boundaries. Whenever you sit down to play a game, set an alarm to tell you when it is time to stop and work on other things that will benefit you in the long run.