A recent news story out of China reports that an online gamer collapsed after a 14 day binge playing World of Warcraft. The 21 year old male (known as Mr. Xia) collapsed outside of an Internet café and required assistance from passersby. When medical professionals arrived, he was quoted as assaying “Leave me alone and turn on the computer for me. I want to surf the Internet.” A janitorial service provider told the news that she saw him surviving on cigarettes, ate hardly anything, and barely showered.
Mr. Xia admitted he was hooked on the game and ran away from home to play. (1)
Video games continue to captivate the brains of people – young and old, male and female. Gaming in moderation is not a problem. There isn’t anything wrong with video games if they are controlled and used correctly. But when playing games becomes a compulsive need, like what is seen in this story in China, there is a serious problem. Gaming should never interfere with basic life functions like eating, sleeping, working a job, or maintaining healthy relationships. If one or all of these things are lacking, there is an issue that needs to be addressed right away, as addiction is probably already occurring. China has reported that millions of their citizens are addicted to the Internet and other countries in Asia are recognizing this severe problem and are considering laws and other legal restrictions that will help minimize the harm of addiction.
Gaming and Internet addiction is very real and can be extremely harmful if it isn’t kept under control. If you or someone you know is showing signs of gaming or Internet addiction, set boundaries right away and seek professional help.
1. “Online gamer collapses after 14 day binge, begs to keep playing.” Yahoo and Agencies. May 5, 2015. Accessed May 10, 2015. https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/27626543/online-gamer-collapses-after-14-day-binge-begs-to-keep-playing/