This writing is about video game addiction as you can see in the title. Video games have changed the lives of many people including people who make games and game addicts. In 2007, Harris Interactive’s online poll gathered details on youth opinions about video game play:
- Sample of 1,187 US youths aged 8-18
- 81% played at least once a month
- Average for teen girls: 8 hours a week
- Average for teen boys: 14 hours
- 8-12 year old girls: 10 hours
- 8-12 year old boys: 13 hours
- 8.5% can be classified as pathological or clinically addicted
- Players of MMORPGs are most likely to be addicted and spend the most amount of time
Tech Dirt has an interesting article about video games. Tech Dirt in this article is unbiased and very neutral unlike many other sources. You can tell it is neutral because it actually said how studies can be biased and the conclusion says how video games can be good and bad in different ways. Tech Dirt also summarises psychological studies about how games can help gamers feel a sense of achievement.
I think playing video games is good and bad. I think playing video games is good because they can teach you things and encourage you to do new things. For example, Little Big Planet can make people want to be architects, designers or builders. Playing video games can be bad as well because shooting games might make people become murderers.
My dad made a graph of his game playing throughout the years so I made one too. Here they are:
As you can see neither my Dad nor me could be considered as video game addicts at any time (despite what my sister always says – her average is only about an hour or two a week). My Dad has played many different computers and consoles and at the peak he averaged 14 hours a week, for me this total is 10 hours. Currently I play a lot of PES 2012 on the PS3 (I will review some more games in the near future).
Williams, D., Yee, N., Capian, S. E. (2008) “Who Plays, how much, and why? Debunking the stereotypical gamer profile” http://220.127.116.11/drupal/sites/default/files/Whoplaysfinal.pdf
Wikipedia (sourced on 2nd June, 2012) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_addiction
Masnick, M (22nd Jan, 2007) “Another Study Suggests Video Games Are A Healthy Activity” http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070121/204559.shtml