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Video Game and Console Gaming Addiction

I. The Problem and its Background

A. INTRODUCTION

In recent years gaming addiction (computer game addiction, console gaming addiction, or even excessive play on portable systems) has received increased attention not only from the media, but also from psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health organizations, and gamers themselves.

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Gaming addiction is not yet classified as a mental health disorder or “true” addiction like gambling or alcohol addiction. However, some gamers clearly struggle to keep their playing habits under control and may place more importance on their gaming accomplishments than their happiness and success in the real world (e.g., academic achievement, friendships, relationships, career advancement, health, etc.).

B. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

Many people or computer users have their thoughts and questions about online games. But this is some common questions that we will have to acknowledge:

a. Why do students easily get addicted in computer/online games?

b. What are the harmful effects in getting addicted to computer/online games?

C. IMPORTANCE OF STUDY

This study aimed to know why many student easily get addicted to computer games and the harmful effects of computer/online games.

D. DEFINITION OF TERMS

• Addiction- is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior despite adverse dependency consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.
• Online Game- is a video game played over some form of computer network, using a personal computer or video game console. This network is usually the internet or equivalent technology, but games have always used whatever technology was current: modems before the Internet, and hard wired terminals before modems. The expansion of online gaming has reflected the overall expansion of computer networks from small local networks to the internet and the growth of internet access itself.