days video games are everywhere. They are not just loaded on computers, but you
will find them on iPads, smartphones, television and other modern gadgets. Though they could be good learning tools at most times, it is easy to get
hooked on or addicted to them. An Australian study
has confirmed that video gaming may be just as addictive as gambling or
Olivia Metcalf, a research scholar at the Australian National University,
Canberra, those who excessively played video games were unable to stop thinking
about them, even while doing other tasks. This "attentional bias" is
a phenomenon usually found in those who do drugs, alcohol or gambling.
says that this does not happen because an activity is repeated. The addiction
is due to changes that occur in your attention system, in your brain, when an
addiction is developing.
A lot of
people indulge in video gaming excessively, but no one is sure as to the nature
of the underlying problem. Understanding the problem is the first step to
developing treatment and therapies for addicted individuals, to try and sort
out their issues.
points out that only a small percentage of individuals who game excessively
suffer negative consequences such as inability to focus on their work and
school activities, difficulty falling asleep, neglecting their diet and develop
an inability to stop gaming.
also claims that her research is the first of its kind to provide scientific
evidence that video gaming can indeed be addictive.
She says the intent of the research is not to ban gaming but to help
those who are addicted to gaming and to ensure that it just remains a fun