This has long been a personal issue with me, I have seen people who have become addicted to on line role playing games of all types. There is an addiction aspect to them. I am glad to finally have stumbled upon this information as I was up early this morning unable to sleep and saw the video on the BYU tv channel.
I have waited for this research to come forward, and I am glad I am not alone in my worries about this issue. Games can be fun, however I choose not to play them as I know they can be very addicting and would take away from family time, could effect work, and other goals of life. So I choose to not play them, on the other hand to much research for this blog can also unbalence life, as well as anything else. So we must all learn to have a healthy balence in our lives.
I hope this information can assist those who maybe are addicted, have a spouse or children who might be, or the warning of what could turn from a fun hour or two to days of continuous playing... these are the warning signs to look for. And some suggestions of dealing with them.
BYU Education Week
Charles D. Knutson (2010)Just a Game? When Virtual Reality Becomes Our Children's Reality (Video below)
Just a Game?
04208_000_013Online role-playing games may be more than a way to pass the time. For some, they can become addictive, leading to lost spirituality, lost opportunities, and lost relationships.
Why Are These Games Cause for Concern?
How Are Online Role-playing Games Different Than Other Video Games?
- •The virtual world of the game moves in real time. When a player logs off, the game continues. There is no pause key.
- •Characters in the game are controlled not by the computer but by actual people scattered around the world. Most online role-playing games encourage the formation of teams, or “guilds,” that band together to carry out quests or challenges. Membership in a guild creates social pressure on players to be present when other guild members are playing.
Why Are Online Role-Playing Games So Compelling?
How Do I Avoid Problems?
Where Can I Find Spiritual Help and Hope?
Don’t Waste the Days of Your Probation
Am I Addicted?
- •Do you play compulsively?
- •Do you play for long periods of time (often longer than you had planned)?
- •Once online, do you have difficulty stopping?
- •Do you play as often as you can?
- •Do you sneak or violate family rules in order to play, even when facing punishment or loss of privileges for doing so?
- •When you are not playing, do you obsess about the game, plotting and planning your next opportunity to play?
- •Do you sacrifice real-world things for your online world?
- •Is your gaming negatively affecting your relationships with family members or other non-gamer friends? For instance, if you are a parent, does it cause you to neglect your children’s needs? If you are a child, does it cause you to distance yourself from your parents and siblings?
- •Do you consider other online gamers (even those whom you’ve never met in real life) to be among your best friends?
- •Is your school or work suffering because of the time and energy you spend gaming?
- •Are you having a difficult time deciding to serve a mission because of the extended break from the game that will naturally result?
- •Do you neglect personal hygiene?
- •Have your sleep patterns changed since you became involved with online gaming? Are you staying up extremely late or getting up in the middle of the night to play?
How Can I Help Someone Who Is Struggling??
What can happen, family, culture, lives destroyed. Lives and real experiances and relationships lost.
How easy to destroy a nation when its people are lost in a virtual reality world of games and not paying attention to the reality around them, a virtual Matrix in real life.
Just my thoughts.