When I was growing up I had a friend that I used to hang with all the time. One day he told me that a friend of his was “addicted to nerds”. You know, nerds, the candy. I just laughed and said, “That’s ridiculous! You can’t get addicted to nerds!”.
Well, I just read an article in the Los Angeles Times that reports on a new movement by some medical doctors to label a really, really, really strong liking for video games as a medical condition: addiction.
Okay, SNAP! Ummm…an addiction? Isn’t that where your life goes haywire because you can’t stop doing something? Like if you spend all your money on a drug, or crash your car from alcohol or something?
So let me think about this for a second. Last weekend I played Roller Coaster Tycoon for an entire afternoon with my kids. Am I introducing them to an addictive pastime? Is Roller Coaster Tycoon a “gateway drug” to *gasp* The Sims?
So what exactly is the worst thing that can happen if you just sort of drop out of society and play video games? Oh, you mean like we did in college? Yeah, this one guy loaded up all the computers at the school computer lab with a bunch of cool games and then the computer lab was SUPER packed every day with people just playing these free games ALL day. Then one of the administrators figured it out and banned games in the computer lab. That was a harsh blow to academia.
Anyway – there was nothing at all wrong with this was there? Just having a MAJOR diversion from all the crap that we all have to put up with just about every day of our lives. Some downtime from the burdens of this life. Like a movie or TV show – wait! Maybe someone can get addicted to those! Oh my gosh! I guess you can get addicted to anything these days. I remember reading one time that there are people in Japan that work themselves to death because they are such huge workaholics.
So I’m curious to see if playing video games alot will get to be considered an addiction by the medical community. Can you imagine the treatment programs?
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