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    Default Gaming is 'next major area' of addiction, warns charity

    Drugs, booze... Skyrim?

    A charity is warning that addiction to games is set to become the "next major area" where it will have to offer support.


    Norcas cites "commissioned independent research" into addictive behaviours, which it claims revealed that more than a third of people surveyed above the age of 16 think they know a person "addicted" to gaming. It publishes the research the week The Old Republic is released. Coincidence? Frankly, we're too busy thinking about Star Wars to care.

    CEO of Norcas, Maggie Williams generally speaks well of gaming, but warns addiction is "a generation issue".
    "If played responsibly, gaming is a good pastime, but we need people to be aware of the problems that will arise if the gaming takes hold," she told the Norwich Evening News.

    "Some 86% of the people we spoke to agreed that gaming can be addictive and revealed lack of exercise and poorer relationships with friends, partners and parents as some of the problems experienced as a result of gaming."

    Around a third of adults and more than 40% of youngsters surveyed said they played games most days, says Williams, encroaching on the time families spend together.

    Of course you'd probably get the same if not a higher statistic with television viewing. But that can't be "addictive", can it?



    [ Source: Norwich Evening News ]

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    Actually, gaming addiction hoileo, its much better than being addicted to drugs, gambling, drinking etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman_farzand View Post
    Actually, gaming addiction hoileo, its much better than being addicted to drugs, gambling, drinking etc.
    This!

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    Forgot to mention smoking, also you can't bring "healthy terms" to your eyesights if you've been playing for like a long time.
    Last edited by Trave160; December 21st, 2011 at 08:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trave160 View Post
    Forgot to mention smoking, also you can't bring "healthy terms" to your eyesights if you've been playing for like a long time.
    I think thats wrong as well. 6 or maybe 8 years ago my powers were -1.75 and -1.25, and back then I didn't have my own PC. Now my powers are -1.25 on both eyes, and I'm almost always staring at a screen of some sort. I don't overdo it though, I take a break if I feel a headache is coming up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aayman_farzand View Post
    actually, gaming addiction hoileo, its much better than being addicted to drugs, gambling, drinking etc.
    & this

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    Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
    "Some 86% of the people we spoke to agreed that gaming can be addictive and revealed lack of exercise and poorer relationships with friends, partners and parents as some of the problems experienced as a result of gaming."
    [ Source: Norwich Evening News ]
    I smell noobs. Rather, the opposite happened. My relationship with friends are even more stronger because of gaming. My parents have NEVER ever resented my gaming habits, except for my dad only during exams but when they are over he's cool with it. And I dont mean to say he's a bad parent either, he's mostly responsible for my good grades as he brushes up my last minute revisions. And regarding the partner stuff, I dont have one XD
    Last edited by EaGL1337; December 21st, 2011 at 11:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anik_lc View Post
    "Some 86% of the people we spoke to agreed that gaming can be addictive and revealed lack of exercise and poorer relationships with friends, partners and parents as some of the problems experienced as a result of gaming."
    Completely agree with this point. Delayed maturity is also an issue. At least, my cousin's. Everybody calls him an "automaton" .

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