Video Game Addictions

Every addicted gamer has gone through this cycle; they turn on their console or PC knowing full-well that they have something important to do. They tell themselves, “I’ll just play for a certain amount of time in order to get things done afterwards.” But after their time limit is reached, the thought, “just one more game” races over and over in their mind. Eventually, this leads them to playing another game, and another one, only to find out it’s 1 AM and they haven’t done anything productive at all.

There are a ton of gamers (video game players) at Galileo, and a good portion of them might be considered addicted or hooked. Games can take away time from doing things like homework, chores, or anything productive. The reason for this addiction is not only because the students find them fun, a way to relax, and possibly stay competitive at the same time. Whether it’s multiplayer games like “Hearthstone”, or solo journeys like “Fallout”, games are a critical part of these student’s lives.

Senior Brandon Y. is an avid gamer, his addiction originally came from boredom. He says, “I guess it [the addiction] came from not really having anything to do.”  Brandon spends a good portion of his time after school or evening playing games even when he knows he should be doing homework. He says, “I probably play like 3 or 4 hours a day, what makes them addicting is being able to do something different, everything in a videogame is new, even if I’ve played it before because it’s so much more interesting than school work.”

However while Brandon finds them fun, he also recognizes that games keep him from being more productive. “It interferes with literally everything, when I’m doing homework sometimes I’ll just stop and go play games.” Brandon realizes though that gaming is  something he needs to learn to control. He says “I try to tell myself and write down all the stuff I need to do, but it doesn’t always work.”

Similar to Brandon, freshmen gamer, Alex Harrington, also recognizes the adverse effects gaming has on his life. He says “games get in the way of grades, social life, and sleep.” However, even though Alex knows games can be a hindrance, he still jumps at any opportunity to play them. He says “I play games every chance I get until I get kicked off by my family.” He adds, “I play games because they’re more fun than real life”

While many addicted gamers struggle to manage their time and end up hurting their grades or other areas in their life, there are some students  who believe they have broken the habit or normalized the amount of games that they play throughout their days.

One of these gamers who have learned to time manage is senior gamer Steve Ung, who started gaming when he was younger and it just got built into him. He says “I play pretty much every day, [but] not 24/7”

While games can be considered a distraction for Steve, he tries his best to balance multiple things in his life, saying, “It does interfere with things like school half the time but I try not to let it be a problem.” He also adds “If you can time manage well enough, it won’t be an issue. I either plan ahead, or have people remind me about the things I need to do.”

Freshmen gamer Aymen Belayadi was also an addicted gamer but he claims to have to controlled it, he says “When I was addicted I used to play everyday, on weekdays I’d play 3 hours and on weekends I’d play 8 to 10 hours.” He also mentioned how it would get in the way of academics, he says “games also interfered with school work and I would fail classes but that’s because I didn’t care.” However, he finally adds “I’ve learned to control my addiction, see my parents grounded me and I couldn’t play games for awhile, after they grounded me and I could play games again I got scared so I would play little by little so I wouldn’t get grounded again.”

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