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Breaking Gaming Addiction

Although gaming itself is not a problem, there are many problems that come with playing games. Coming to realization of those problems, understanding what you can do to self-improve and to become the best version of you is the way you can become the most qualified for any position. One of the biggest drawbacks to gaming is one that parents are always concerned about with their kids. Many times, gaming can cause addiction – making it hard for the gamer to get out and do anything else, they get too absorbed in the game too easily.

This concept is not foreign to anyone on the internet. MayoClinic, Ted Talks, blogs, there are tons of mediums that explain gaming addiction and the cause of it. First, gaming addiction is mainly caused by the dopamine rush people get from playing games. Games are extremely fun, and when you achieve something rare or something crazy, your brain generates a lot of dopamine. This process can get people hooked very easily. Without balancing the intake of games or other forms of technology a day, a lot of wasted time is created, from doing non-productive activities. I am no stranger to this, I have caught myself having issues leaving my computer after sitting down. I have gotten better, started prioritizing other beneficial activities, and created a healthy balance for myself. Gaming addiction is a hard habit to break but with a lot of self-control and diversifying your daily activities, you can get closer to achieving more self-growth.

After breaking a habit of addiction (if that was the case), the next step is to find what skills you are lacking. Harvard Psychiatrist, Alok Kanojia, who focuses on gaming addiction and issues arising from playing too many video games has stated that many people who play games are “over-leveled” in some areas and severely “under-leveled” in other areas. In terms of a video game, if someone is over-leveled, they are much stronger than they should be at that stage in the game. They have more strength, intelligence, agility, etc. than other people at their stage. But with the over-leveled traits come ones that aren’t utilized very much, making them severely under-leveled, or below the standard. Dr. Kanojia has pointed out that gamers really suffer from this, where they might have a lot of expertise in problem-solving, math, and critical thinking, to name a few. But severely lack experience in communication, feelings, and self-worth.

Dr. Alok Kanojia of HealthyGamerGG

Dr. Alok Kanojia of HealthyGamerGG

In order to ensure the next generation of gamers become more well-rounded individuals, we need to ensure that they are not only getting more of a balance in their daily lives and that they also start to learn what skills need to be improved. Addiction is something that can be beat by implementing small rules and better usage. Although this is a lesson for future parents, video games should not be treated as a babysitter, they should be a form of enjoyment, similar to the television.

Gamers have a lot of hidden talents, many of their traits that might be appealing to an employer are “over-leveled” but others may be lacking. To fix some of these issues, it might be hard to make a blanket statement, but reaching out to others and communicating is one step in the right direction towards the self growth we need. I do not believe that gamers are the only ones who need therapy to help refine their weak points into a more refined trait, but I think that the “over-leveled” stats that they have trained will make them more willing candidates for hiring after they cover their weaknesses.

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