Everything these days can be dangerous to our kids, at least that is how the media spins it to us overly concerned parents. Of course, for many things that really is not the case. Tragedy does happen, but that doesn’t mean we should be too worried or scared or protective. It’s important to remain objective in the face of this and make judgments for ourselves.

Hundreds of millions of people across the world play video games. Most people who play video games are the average Joe and nothing to be worried about. Only a small minority end up addicted, but that doesn’t mean it is not a possibility.

People have been directing their hate toward video games constantly over the years for one reason or another. This means that they think video games are too violent for kids and how it can make kids more violent.

Ultimately though those ideas were proven false over time. This is why we should be skeptical of course over any new scares, but it is also important to realize that gaming addiction is very real and possible.

Addiction is when an action becomes compulsive, like needing to drink alcohol or play video games or even to gamble. They can also alter brain chemistry. Often video game addiction is compared to gambling addiction because they can be a similar example.

This is because they follow a similar train of thought. The motivation is to keep moving forward and to keep winning, and it can take over all other thought processes. When it comes to gaming though usually what you win is meant for in-game only, which can lessen the consequence of loss like with gambling and maybe make you more prone to gambling.

The main motivation of gaming is just proving your “skill” or how good you are at the game. It’s bragging rights, but it is also satisfactory. It makes you feel good when you get past a challenging level, and you feel smarter and better than you were before. Does this translate to real life though?

It can, but if you become addicted to gaming, you won’t get the chance to spread that confidence because you’re busy gaming.

The consequence of this is that you spend all your time gaming. You find more reward in fulfilling a quest or beating a boss than you do experience real life. You should enjoy challenges at work and in school, but instead, you are waiting for your next fix to play the game and keep moving forward. That’s okay in certain amounts, but if it over shines everything in real life, it can ultimately be a problem. Of course, playing a lot of games doesn’t make you addicted but it is essential to be careful. The motivation for playing games can teach you to ignore consequences in real life. It can feel good to keep moving forward in a game but make sure to do that in real life as well.