Video Game Addiction Explained

Video game addiction is recognized by the WHO as a real mental health condition. So what is video game addiction? What causes it? What are the warning signs? And what treatment options are available?

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  1. Armored Trout on April 4, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Honesty now gaming is something I only do late at night for a few hours

  2. Ahamed Suhail S on April 4, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    The way I dealt with my gaming addiction was by getting rid of windows and switching over to Linux. Trust me, it really helps.

  3. Drgf 36 on April 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    videogames and internet addiction ruined my life its worse than drugs and sadly people dont take it seriously

  4. Charwus on April 4, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    I really appreciate this, thanks, it helped me quit

  5. Armored Trout on April 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    My way of getting over a video game addiction (where i was gaming for like 12+ hours a day) is I stoped playing for a month and focused on other hobbies and recently started gaming casually again for approximately 0-7 hrs a night

  6. Salar Jabar on April 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Why do u hate video games so much?

  7. Rohit Kar on April 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I dont have any friends in my life 😭😭😭😭😭 that’s why i am playing video games

  8. S.D77 on April 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I quit one of my addictions, and then got addicted to video games as I was gifted a PS4 for Christmas a couple of years ago. For nearly a year I hardly touched it. Now I believe I am addicted to it. (It’s happened over the last 2-3 months) I think I’m going to pack my PS4 in a box, and tape it up, for one month, if I can’t stop thinking about it, I might have to consider getting rid of it. I know this won’t fix the root cause, which is likely not enjoying the reality of the pandemic and wanting to escape it. But if it’s not around at least I can’t get sucked in.

  9. Retro Gamer on April 4, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    It’s the thrill of violence and achievement and success and victory and winning that people are addicted to and the problem with the mobile game is that it’s a heck of a lot easier to access one because many are free and out of the ones that are free, many are ongoing for you have to keep playing them on and on and on and on forever or at least an extremely long time. There is no end. Your brain thinks that it’s being rewarded, but all you’re doing is staring at pixels. You’re not actually achieving anything. You’re wasting time, you’re not eating, you’re not sleeping, you’re not interacting with real, actual people. What’s more, if you play a console game like for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One, You’re staring at a television screen, so the screen is big enough that you won’t have to get right up to it. With a mobile screen because it’s smaller, you’re going to be a lot closer to it which is much worse for your eyes which will dry out your eyes and strain them. For the record, I’m not speaking out about video games, although video game addiction can be terrible too. I’m talking about mobile game addiction, which is much worse.

  10. Iceayy on April 4, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve lost so many brain cells.

  11. Ivan on April 4, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Yo guys i recommend learn a programming language.

    Make yourself a Game and maybe even publish it It’s very good and useful knowledge

  12. Freddie Cawston on April 4, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Just spent 6 hours on Crusader kings 3! Not proud of it but someone’s gotta retake the Holy Land…

  13. Ismail Muhammadh on April 4, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Its not just Games,
    Songs,Music,Movies,Tv series are also waste of time.
    and =PORN😅😂😂

  14. 䨺龘𪚥𩇔мιѕнշ̲օ̲օ̲յ̲յ on April 4, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    I really wanna get Dota out of my life!
    It never helped me in my life instead ruining my life, my education, and my social life and interaction to people – even my family!

  15. Nathan Pratti on April 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I got a little addiction

  16. zak on April 4, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I only play like 1 hour on a week and I fell like my brain is going to die xD

  17. Kevin VR on April 4, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I tic all boxes… I’m an addict it seems.
    I did quit for 8 months though and I was working out and everything but now stopped that again and playing all damn day. I’ll try to delete my game again tomorrow and hope I won’t reinstall it again.

  18. Number 1 Gamer on April 4, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    I’m addicted to crack cocaine.

  19. cleveland 216 on April 4, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    I haven’t had a video game since 2014 i refuse to buy one

  20. CSUF on April 4, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Just keep in mind playing video games will have terrible side effects like losing short term memory, losing concentration, but the terrible one is experiencing idiocy or mind degradation because when person plays video game, his brain will use all its power to focus on the game and using all mind ability instead of using it in the real world.

  21. C_Bomb 1018 on April 4, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    5:42 lol everybody talks about how they play video games when there sad

  22. Steve on April 4, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Nobody cares.

  23. Aranxa Díaz on April 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    The video talks about video game addiction, its causes; As are lonely life habits, lack of stimulation in different areas, as well as anxiety, depression, ADHD, among others, could generate a more difficult situation. Signs and treatments, etc. Say it in a respectful and honest way while sending a very important message like "remember real life is worth fighting for and never give up"."

  24. samantha tang on April 4, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    How do you treat coffee beer and work addiction? no free time.

  25. InVicTus VeñuM on April 4, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I want to control gaming addiction ,but due to lockdown I can’t resist . 😩

  26. Dara Joyce on April 4, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Someone I know views games as his reality, and he wants to play games til he’s old. He doesn’t want to learn anything about chores, and he’s turning 16 mygoshh how to do that

  27. martina carriero on April 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I don’t know how to help my boyfriend he as a video game addiction and he as a 2-year-old son he spends all day on the computer playing games than doing other things including playing with is the son. He has been trying to stream for months with no success and he thinks he can make streaming is careere I examined to him that most people have other jobs other than streaming and that they do not have little kids to look after but he still doesn’t listen to me I don’t know what to do

  28. Infinite Axis on April 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    The kid at 2:29 is definitely NOT addicted to gaming. Look at that finger speed, lol

  29. agent 11 on April 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I only play offline games, but I have fear of missing out of games I’ve wanted to play and not revisiting nostalgic ones. What can I do?

  30. Not Gosu on April 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    The point of life is to live though, and if gaming is what makes you happy then game till the death of you.

  31. Arjun Babla on April 5, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Hi! Do i have permission to use a clip of your video for a school project? It will not be posted anywhere else only be shown in the presentation.

  32. LaserCTS Playz on April 5, 2021 at 12:00 am

    maybe I can only play games because due to many difficulties with my coordination making many other activities difficult

  33. UgoChannelTV on April 5, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Can developing games overcome gaming addiction?😆

  34. Dwight Schuette on April 5, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I have gaming addiction but dont have time to play.Left

  35. Private Apple on April 5, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Im trying to go down from 7 to 6, and its working a bit.
    Tip: Power off your devices so its not easily accesible 🙂

  36. HYPER CARSISM on April 5, 2021 at 12:04 am

    I have being gaming since 13 years, but I have full control over my gaming hours, from no gaming to 23 hours gaming depending on work etc.

  37. Strange Encounter on April 5, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Man, I was playing guitar for 6+ hours everyday but now its more like 4 hrs game and 2hr guitar lol. The freedom of money and finally being able to play games that I wasn’t able to afford when I was younger…

  38. ChrisBrizzy on April 5, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Im not addicted to video games!

  39. Dolphinjump on April 5, 2021 at 12:07 am

    how many hours means addiction and I have 2 of those things and am I addicted.

  40. Mike Peluso on April 5, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I don’t even have game addiction but I still like you
    One or two hours is probably fine
    Over ten hours get some help

  41. Stefan Loncar on April 5, 2021 at 12:10 am

    With me how it all started ?

    Many years ago father placed PS2 in room

    It became The thing i love most

    Makes me happy as sometimes i fell lonley

  42. Toxic_smiley 76 on April 5, 2021 at 12:10 am

    the video is about a guy telling of the disorders of the game addiction who the doctors see fot months
    and how these affect the person in a too strong way but is not a addiction after
    12 months or 1 year what it does you lost the comunity with the world
    and dont doing your ussual hobbies and sometimes loosing his lifes

  43. STthecat on April 5, 2021 at 12:13 am

    People who believe in video game addiction are scammers. Don’t believe them! However, I do take eye breaks.

  44. pontus nicklason on April 5, 2021 at 12:13 am

    2:19 that explains the reason im addicted cuz i have autism


  45. Jake Swallow on April 5, 2021 at 12:15 am

    I had 3 out of those sign’s soo am i screwd or nah

  46. Chris P. Bacon on April 5, 2021 at 12:18 am

    I collect games but stopped cause there’s no money to spend anymore. My kids and wife are my priority. I love setting up my consoles to the best picture quality I’m addicted to detail and sex.

  47. Emmanuel Agyemang on April 5, 2021 at 12:19 am

    i play video games 19 hours a day, i feel very upset and guilty

  48. FluffyBalls on April 5, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I quit school because of gaming i gave up alot for gaming. I got depresion i was and still am scared for people and what they would think about me and it only made me game more. I still had some friends il go to in the weekends i then got on drugs i loved it but i used it to much and needed it. I would be awake for 4 days crazy on drugs then crash and wake up and continue gaming. I tried fixing it i stil game i stil use drugs but not all day i game about max 5 hours a day now and only use drugs for my own fun in the weekends. And u can say why u still use drugs ? Cause it actualy helps me in difrent ways. And i used to do 4 g a day of the magical baking powder. I lowerd it to 0.5 g only in the weekends. I only do mdma once a month and smoking weed only at night.

  49. Nam Nam on April 5, 2021 at 12:20 am

    I’m not addicted lol. I thought an addiction meant you play more thank an hour a day. Addiction seems serious.

  50. Ranjith S. Kumara on April 5, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I have no idea what do with my son, how much he is abdicated and became unresected child …the only way i just let him to what he wants …

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