It has only been in the last ten years that addictions have been seen as a health issue. Specifically, a mental health issue. And while there is still some debate about the causes, addictions are real, and as such, they can have a dramatic impact on someone’s life.
Many people assume that addictions only occur with substances. This is not the case. Some people are addicted to gambling. In more recent times, there has been an emphasis on gaming addiction, especially in young children and teenagers.
If you are unsure if you are addicted to computer games, read on for some key indicators.
It’s an Emotional Crutch
For many people, gaming is a part of their day. They come home from work, eat, turn on their gaming laptop and start gaming. This is perfectly normal, as it allows them to destress and relax.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies that this can become habitual. And if you always turn to games after a hard day, it can be a sign of addiction, especially if it becomes a source of escapism. Some people who are addicted to games will feel relief when they pick up the controller. If this sounds like you, then you should seek the advice of your doctor.
You Can’t Quit
For many people, knowing when to call it quits is part of gaming.
If you can stop playing and call it a night, this is fine. You may even be able to come back the next day with a fresh perspective which will allow you to solve the issue in the game.
But gaming long into the night can be a sign of addiction, especially if you game to the point of exhaustion. If you have set yourself a timer and you ignore it, this can also point to a problem with your life-gaming balance.
This can also lead to secondary issues, such as poor hygiene, lack of sleep, and no regular eating habits.
Gaming is a hobby.
And as such, it is normal to spend money on it. You may want to upgrade your current gaming laptop, or you may want to purchase a new SSD card. But when you begin spending money on games over other things, this is a problem. Someone who is addicted to gaming may decide to pay for a new game instead of paying bills.
If you have spent money on games rather than bills, seek help.
Everyone has a life to lead. If you have a job, you need to show up on time. If you go to school, attendance is important. But so is performance in these areas. If your grade starts to slip or you begin making mistakes, you need to seek help.
Remember, gaming addiction can cause long nights in front of the computer. Sleeplessness is not good for anything!
You Are Aggressive
It is normal to feel frustrated when you lose a game.
But if you become overly aggressive, this is not a common response. This can manifest with you breaking things, as well as cursing or verbal assaults on someone who wants to leave the game.