When does gaming become an "addiction"?:

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I'm rarely accused of being an addict, but when someone does say that, it bugs me, because I'm just immersing myself in something, not addicted in the slightest.

I know that there are some people who stay glued to the screen without sleep for days, neglecting their physical needs to the point of severe dehydration, but frequently playing a game for a few hours a day surely isn't anything bordering on addiction.

edited 22nd May '11 3:04:58 PM by Shichibukai

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It becomes an addiction when the speaker thinks the time spent is unexcuseable.

Seriously? I don't know.
3 X2X22nd May 2011 03:11:15 PM from the Darkness Beyond Time , Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
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I'd agree. Sure, there might be better ways to spend the day, but a few hours of gaming a day does not make an addict. I remember hearing a story about some man playing (IIRC) World of Warcraft nonstop for about 40 hours, forgoing sleep and food to the point of death. Now that's addiction.
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4 Neo_Crimson22nd May 2011 03:13:41 PM from behind your lines.
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If it doesn't hinder other aspects of your life (job, school, health, family etc.) then it's not an addiction.
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5 Nayrani22nd May 2011 03:14:59 PM , Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
[up]Pretty much.
6 thespacephantom22nd May 2011 03:15:27 PM from Twin Peaks, WA , Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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It's not addiction if you can't snort it.

Seriously, though, I consider it addiction when a husband and wife play World of Warcraft so much that they forget to feed their baby and it starves to death.
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8 RocketDude22nd May 2011 03:19:00 PM from AZ, United States
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Now you guys are reminding me of that Penny Arcade strip about the lawsuit about some thing for WOW that was considered a "hack."

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It's addiction when it interferes with your life and you can't stop it. People tend to overuse it - being a nerd and/or spending a few hours a day isn't addiction.
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10 GameChainsaw22nd May 2011 05:44:04 PM from sunshine and rainbows!
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When it stops being an enjoyable experience, and starts being a compulsion.
11 X2X22nd May 2011 05:50:10 PM from the Darkness Beyond Time , Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
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When you experience withdrawal-like symptoms. Essentially, when the need to play a video games is the same as the craving for a drug or alcohol or a smoke.
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12 Plumbum23rd May 2011 07:45:02 AM from Chichester, England , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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As some people have said, when it starts negatively impacting real life.
13 Noelemahc23rd May 2011 09:05:29 AM from Moscow, Russia , Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Wherein lies the same pitfall as with alcoholism and drug abuse (the drugs a little less, being mostly illegal in most countries to begin with). Where do you draw the line of "I can control it" and "I can't control it!", huh? I maintain that I am an addict, seeing as I do tend to forgo social interaction in favour of digital entertainment, but most people that know me IRL state that I don't spend nearly enough time gaming to be a real proper addict. Then again, it's not only about the games, I'm more of an addict to escapism. Substitute the games for a good movie, a brilliant book or a wonderful theatre play — and I would still persist in my preference for the entertainment over constructive work. Which somehow still hasn't managed to destroy me or my social life (stable girlfriend, many friends, lots of non-game-related habits, a well-looked-after dog, a nearly-finished Ph.D...). Yet, I consider myself an addict, but won't seek help about it. Sorry.
14 HellmanSabian23rd May 2011 09:21:38 AM from England, The United Kingdom , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
I would consider it to be when you yourself say that you do it too much.
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15 Blissey123rd May 2011 09:46:04 AM from a random Pokčcenter , Relationship Status: I know
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While if you wanna go with the psychological definition of addiction, then gaming only becomes an addiction when it starts interfering with other aspects of your daily life.

Do you skip eating one of your three meals a day to play games? you might be addicted.
Do you spend money that should have gone towards something else(groceries or something like that) on games instead? You might be addicted.

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edited 23rd May '11 9:46:57 AM by Blissey1

16 Rebochan23rd May 2011 11:32:36 AM from Soaking up Rays
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I can quit gaming any time I want!

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To have an "addiction" you need to go through withdrawal when removed, so unless you have Bizarre Alien Biology, you're not.
18 GameChainsaw24th May 2011 02:46:36 PM from sunshine and rainbows!
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There is something called emotional dependence.
19 Noelemahc25th May 2011 04:22:31 AM from Moscow, Russia , Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
[up]That, too, has withdrawal symptoms associated with it - depression, panic attacks, etc.
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