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Am I an addict
Do You Get Addicted to Computer Games?
Member Name: cdcclub
Do You Get Addicted to Computer Games?
Advantages: lesuire activity I enjoy
Disadvantages: perhaps doesn't conform to the the norm
I think there is ultimately a great lack of understanding of the gaming culture these days and people that don't want actually sit down and take notice of us so called gaming nerds that is much easier to label us as addicts but is this necessarily the case?
What is the definition of an addict
1. somebody dependent on drug: somebody who is physiologically or psychologically dependent on a potentially harmful drug
2. enthusiast: somebody who is very interested in a particular thing and devotes a lot of time to it
soap opera addicts
[Mid-16th century. < Latin addictus , past participle of addicere 'award, devote' < dicere 'say']
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Ok do I think this applies to me?
Not a chance at no point when I do not have access to either my pc or gaming systems do I have any physical/ psychological withdrawal symptoms. When I go on holiday I generally don't have access to any sort of technology what so ever as we enjoy the great outdoor either caravanning or going camping. Would it really be possible for an addict to do this without being surgically removed from there pc. I doubt it.
So why is it that I appear to be stuck with this label to the untrained eye when in fact gamers are no different from anyone else other than the fact they need slightly more brain stimulation in order to relax.
Take me and my twin sister for example. We are very alike in a lot of respects with similar views, lifestyles and family situation ( both have two sons in the same age bracket) we actually even live in the same street . But in terms of how ourselves and our families use a majority of our household leisure time you would think we were complete opposites but I believe this is not the case.
My sisters household like nothing more of an evening when work and school is over to sit in front of the television and watch the soaps, news or a good film. My sister also has a keen love of magazines which has been known to keep her occupied when unable to sleep or keep boredom at bay. Would anyone consider her obsessive probably not . I would say she conforms to societies norm.
Now my family and me on the other hand are complete opposites, when I wish to relax I like nothing better than to sit in front of my laptop and surf the net or interact with my children by playing games on the wii or ps3. If I get the time I play a game or two on my psp. Basically anything that keeps my brain active and my hands busy . When the television is on it tends to be more factual programs and comedies or quiz shows . We do however enjoy a lot of films when we get the time but I always end up watching television from the corner of my laptop.
Now how on earth can I possibly say that our 2 families are the same, simple really, in both our worlds there is an interest in what I would call virtual reality it may come from different forms of media but the principles are the same.
For me television is similar to games and the internet but coming from another aspect but the fundamentals are formed along the same lines.
Take for instance the tv remote, keyboard/mouse and games controller they all function in the same way. They are all designed for the user to control the user interaction of their experience.
A television viewer can control and change what the want to see in terms of viewing experience. They could watch anything they want at the touch of a button. The y have the freedom to enjoy anything from factual through to the down right insane. The possibilities are endless as television and dvd's cater for every taste and interest possible.
A pc user on the other hand controls their experience through the click of a mouse and input of text. Unlike the television viewer there is a wider access to all media types that are not just structured by the entertainment industry or media, plus they can benefit through social interactions with others online through social networking or messenger. Or the likes of this site giving access to true public opinion.
The gamer this goes along similar lines to the television viewer, using a controller you are able to control your own virtual reality and enjoy all the similar aspect of to that of a program or film but with you at the helm. You are only limited by the games and your own ability in playing. OK it may not have the same depth of characters and plot structure as tv and film. But it does have the same level of enjoyment factor for the user and perhaps gives a little bonus you may not get from watching tv, a sense of achievement.
Ok now on to some facts before I come to my conclusion
According to a survey on nation master.com the average individual watches 28 hours of television a week.
On about games.com it is stated that an average gamer spends about 12.6 hours a week playing.
The average amount of time spent on a pc is roughly 20 hours per week. According to a survey done by Odyssey.
So people are obviously going to fall in the bracket above or below these statistic apparently an extreme gamer can rake up to an impressive 45 hours per week gaming time but the same can also be said about television viewers . Perhaps it would be an even scarier thought about what my own pc use would be in terms of hours per week. I have decided not to calculate this as no doubt it would put me into a stake of shock.
So what are my conclusions, I would say that in general most gamers are in actual fact not obsessed for them and myself we just enjoy another form of media to keep ourselves entertained is that such a bad thing. I am also sure that gamers like the television viewer do deviate into other interests and do in fact have a social group out with there particular genre.
I may spend a little to much time on the internet, I may even spend a little to much time playing games but at the end of the day I enjoy what I get out of it. I am not hurting anyone else and if anything it keeps me from becoming bored. I don't watch a lot of tv so would say the time I do spend on what I enjoy is in fact spent wisely.
What do you think?
Summary: what are your thoughts on this?