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Video Games Can Impair Functionality In Real Life

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Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim; infamous
video games that dedicated gamer’s devote hours to. These
games, and ones like them, require a player’s undivided
attention and may take hours to “beat”. The unsubstantiated
desire to complete the game, and the rush one gets while
playing are a couple of the reasons how video games
promote addictive behavior and aid in the regression of a
person’s ability to function in the real world.
As with all addictive behaviors, gaming addiction is
considered to be an impulse control disorder, characterized
by a person’s obsession with playing video games. According
to aforeverrecovery.com, addictive behavior usually begins in
elementary or middle school. Gaming addiction originated

 in the 80’s with the introductions of infamous arcade games
such as: Galaga, Pac Man and the Claw Crane. Many
people enjoy games and most adults remember these arcade
games
One of the most essential aspects that supports the idea
that gaming induces addictive behavior is that video games
are actually designed to be addictive; in the sense that they
are intended to be fun, to hold the gamer’s interest and to
urge the gamer to continue playing. However, this does
not make games addictive in the clinical sense because it
does not invoke dependence; it rather makes a gamer not
want to stop playing. There are many ways in which game
developers have accomplished this in modern games: they
are now open-ended; the appeal of topping previous high
scores; the challenge of beating the game; the discovery

aspect of role playing games and massive online role-
playing games.

Psychological and emotional issues are often the basis of
all addictions. When a person is suffering, or has suffered
from intense emotional distress, gaming can be a quick way
to escape reality. For young people, the need to escape can
be especially problematic because they lack the skills needed
to cope with reality. Their skills are underdeveloped due to
age and lack of experience.
Due to the aforementioned factors, video games may lead
to addictive behavior. It is therefore important to moderate
the time that one devotes to gaming. Those who spend hours
playing games run the risk of endangering their social skills
and their ability to function properly in reality.

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Joseph Blanchard, Editor-In-Chief
This is Joseph’s second year on the Cougarpolitan staff, and the first as Editor-in-Chief. He is excited to revive Cougarpolitan online and work with an amazing team of editors. Contact him at [email protected]
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