Imagine this, you wake up as a mystical being with super powers on a quest to save this world. This is your only purpose in life: to search and destroy to conquer your opponents. With only a sword and a spell to cast, you set upon this magical journey were you will endure countless battles to achieve your objective. This might seem farfetched but to some of you, but this is what most online games are about.
For some teenagers this is their only reality: losing sleep, friends, family and lacking any real direction in life. They have been so absorbed into this epidemic of online gaming that they are not only affecting their own lives but also having a major influence for the people around them. This has even happened to me a few times. I was playing some online game and I didn’t realise the whole night was wasted until I looked out the window, realised the sun was out and I had 10mins before school started. :s that’s when I realised my addiction went too far.
Online gaming addiction often know as gaming overuse, is excessive or compulsive use of computer and video games that interferes with daily life. Instances have been reported in which users play compulsively, isolating themselves from, or from other forms of, social contact and focusing almost entirely on in-game achievements rather than broader life events. The main victims of this addiction is us teenagers, research has shown more people are addicted to gaming then drugs. Those who are addicted cause negative consequences upon their lives, some don’t even have lives.
Why are online games so addictive?
Because they were made to addictive. They make you feel happy and entertain. And also make you eager to finish their game that is the reason why you stay so long. And also you love the gameplay and the “feeling” when you play it. You have to “control” your addiction by being managing your time. and try to find other things to do that can ward off you from playing. It will be challenging to change but if you have a strong will or determination. there is a possible you can manage your craving
As a result we often residue in our homes because of the numerous and dangerous events that occur in neighborhoods. Because of this many of us have began to use online resources such as fb, MySpace and msn to keep in contact with our friends. Other however began to play online games such as world of war craft more commonly none as wow. In fact how many of you have played WOW? With an 11.5 million subscriptions wow is the largest massive multi player game.
A young girl nicknamed “Snowly” died last month after playing the online game “World of Warcraft” for several continuous days during the national day holiday. Several days before Snowly’s death, the girl was said to be preparing for a relatively difficult part of the game (namely, to kill the Black Dragon Prince) and had very little rest. She told her friends that she felt very tired. A big online funeral was held for Snowly one week after her death. This might seem funny to most of you but this was a death of a little girl on that can not be replaced it was sayed that 4.5 million gamers mourned snowly death online
On of the solutions could be as simple as disconnecting the internet. I know my parents often do and I’m sure yours would too. We all know this does not solve the problem it only prevents us playing for a few days or a week. There is so many other ways a teenager could access the internet from a internet cafï¿½ or simply a friends house. The only real way to prevent obsessive online gaming is to find and maintain a balanced life with leisure activities as well vigilant control over the amount of time we spend at our computers. There has even been gaming centers and hotlines set up to help with this on growing addiction.
Online gaming will continue to be a major part of our modern lives. This is a result of our own contribution to the growing popularity of these online games. Every new game released brings with it another new set of addicts, and this will continue if we don’t have the balance and control required of us. Let the story of poor little snowly’s addiciton ne a lesson learnt for us. Would you want to follow in these footsteps?