Habit or Addict? Video Games and Addiction

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A few months ago, I wrote a short piece that entertained the idea that people can become addicted to video games. To provide a quick recap, a behavior only becomes an addiction when it gets in the way of a person’s ability to fulfill important life responsibilities (without the behavior/drug), and the person both craves and is unable to stop the behavior/taking in the substance. The bottom line is that the person is compelled to continue the behavior or use of the substance because they are unable to function otherwise.

What is Addiction?

By definition, addiction is a compulsive and chronic disorder of the brain (or mind, in some definitions), indicated by the habitual use of a substance with the intent of achieving a desired outcome (for example, the “high” associated with some drug use). What started off as a “habit” becomes an “obligation.” This could, in theory, apply…

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