Reality check for gamers

Did you know video games stimulate brain dopamine?
Did you know cocaine stimulates dopamine and catecholamines?
Did you know gaming is used on children so doctors can perform painful procedures?

If gaming stimulates the dopamine pathway, then it is a digital drug.
It’s a digital drug, digital pain killer, and digital anti-depressant.

Be careful how you game and how much you game.
Do you ever experience any of the following?

The following survey was published by a research study at the Iowa State University conducted by Douglas Gentile, PhD.
The following questions are based on diagnostic criteria for addictive gambling behavior:

1) Over time, have you been spending much more time playing video games, learning about video game playing, or planning the next opportunity to play?

2) Do you need to spend more time and money on video games in order to feel the same amount of excitement as other activities in your life?

3) Have you tried to play video games for shorter duration of times but have been unsuccessful?

4) Do you become restless or irritable when you attempt to cut down or stop playing video games?

5) Have you played video games as a way to escape problems or negative feelings?

6) Have you lied to family or friends about how much you play video games?

7) Have you ever stolen a video game from a store or a friend, or stolen money to buy a video game?

8) Do you sometimes skip household chores in order to play more video games?

9) Do you sometimes skip homework or work in order to play more video games?

10) Have you ever done poorly on a school assignment, test, or work assignment because you have spent so much time playing video games?

11) Have you ever needed friends or family to give you extra money because you’ve spent too much of your own money on video games, software, or game Internet fees?

If you answered “yes” to six or more of these questions, then you most likely have an addiction to video games.
If “yes” is answered to five or less questions, then there may be a problem.
Help can be found here for US peeps: http://www.hooked-on-games.com/resources/list-of-resources.html

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