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Does Video Game Addiction Fix Itself?

Video game addiction — also known as problem video gaming — is an issue the media loves to hype (along with “Internet addiction“). Such gaming addiction is hard to define, but like pornography, some professionals say they “know it when they see it.”

One of the possible hypotheses put forth about these kinds of technology addictions back in 1999 was that what we were seeing wasn’t a behavioral addiction at all. Instead, it was suggested we were seeing the predictable adaptive behaviors of humans to unfamiliar stimuli in their lives. In this case, that stimuli was entertainment technology.

Emerging evidence suggests that this may be the case. And the really good news?

Video game addiction may resolve itself on its own — simply with time.

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Does Video Game Addiction Fix Itself?

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  1. I don’t know. My husband has been a game addict for 9 years. He is getting worse than ever now that he has found “friends” to game with regularly.

  2. AS an on/off hardcore gamer(video game addict) i have to say my own experience had been that the addiction comes and goes, mostly because of the GAMES themselves. There is only so much one can do in any game before its bland, no fun anymore, and there’s no longer any interest in it. Sometimes you find another game to lose yourself in immediately, sometimes it takes a while to fill the void, and sometimes enough time passes for you to rekindle passion for an old game and its addiction. Maybe some research should be done in that area, you may be surprised how common the “burnout” happens in hardcore gamers.

  3. There’s no way kids are going to get as they say”de-addicted”. You have to enforce controls. For example, I use an app called Qustodio to restrict the content my kids watch on the web. It also includes watching what they actually go through as also the time they spend on the internet. Teenagers hardly understand self-regulation. It needs to be enforced. Qustodio is a nice little free app. Just Google for more info. on it.

  4. I agree that it depends on the game, but I find myself playing (instead of doing other things I need to be doing) frequently. Some personal issues have caused additional stress in my life and I find it to be self-calming and very hard to tear myself away. I have never been a smoker but assume that what I feel when I am playing a mindless game is similar to the relaxation a smokers gets when smoking.
    It has been going on for a few years with me; worse lately.



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