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Gamer's Anonymous: Gaming disrupts studies
Nate Britton
Antelope Staff

Video games can be an easy way to relax and wind down form a stressful day. But what happens when video games make your day stressful?

Although excessive gaming isn’t recognized yet by the American Medical Association as a diagnosable disorder, there has been talk about it for 2012. In today’s world of gaming, more and more people isolate themselves from healthy types of social contact. Students have problems in their studies because too much of their time and attention is diverted to video games, especially online games, where they worry about in-game achievements rather than real life events.

This is a problem that stretches out past kids, however, and has reached college students and people who work the nine-to-five as well.

Jeff Davis, a sophomore mathematics major from Lincoln, claims he and his friends will play an online shooter game called Socom for the Playstation 3 up to 12 hours a day.

“I love playing Socom because it never gets old to me, but my trouble is trying to make it to class before I get on the game,” Davis said. “If I wake up and get on my game, then I won’t do anything else for the rest of the day.”

Davis will stay up until 3 a.m. playing his shooter game and then have to get up early for his class at 8 a.m.

“My biggest problem with classes is the attendance policy because I will sleep in a lot and miss class, because I don’t get enough rest the night before,” Davis said. “This causes a real problem if I am actually trying to pass the class.”

This problem is not his alone. Davis claims to have a friend who goes through jobs like dirty socks, because he will miss work or show up late for the same reasons.

Video games cause people to mess up their lives in a big way. In fact, Davis worries about making it through college. He knows it should be easy to only play when he has free time, but he can’t seem to keep his mind from urging him to get on his video game.

There are billions of people around the world who play video games to an excessive point where it causes problems in their lives. When is it time to take a step back and realize that the addictive nature of video games is becoming a problem that the world needs to deal with?


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