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  • Writer's pictureMallika Dasgupta


Do you think about gaming all the time? Do you prefer gaming rather than spending time with real people? Do you feel angry about not being able to play and can’t stop playing the video game? If you said “yes” then chances are that you might just be addicted to video gaming.

Video game addiction, also known as gaming disorder, is the compulsive and uncontrolled use of video games. This problem is most common in adolescents. Researchers propose that the process of playing and winning these games may trigger a release of dopamine, a brain chemical that elevates mood and provides a rush of energy. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter involved in other addictive activities..

Contrary to the beliefs of many people, Video Games have positive effects too. Games can be exciting and require skills in anticipating goals and planning how to reach those goals. Games can also engage children and adults in developing finer hand-eye coordination and the use of a controller. Game Playing enhances reaction time.

Like any other compulsive habit, video game addiction can have severe negative consequences. Gaming could eventually lead to a sleep disorder or diet-related health issues. Video games can cause severe headaches and eye strain. Children playing certain types of video games may display more signs of aggression. Children playing video games often isolate themselves and do not engage in as much social interaction and they cannot concentrate for long periods of time.

In reality, video games have both positive and negative characteristics, and the effect of playing games often depends on the player’s attitudes toward games and life in general.

Moderation is the key to balance.

-Mallika Dasgupta (Batch 2020-2021)

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