Jun 12 2006

Detox Clinic for Gamers

From my perspective Video Games are really fun to play, but I don’t consider myself addicted. However, many are so addicted that they haven’t talked to another human face to face in three years.

Hyke van der Heijden, 28, a graduate of the Amsterdam program, started playing video games 20 years ago. By the time he was in college he was gaming about 14 hours a day and using drugs to play longer.

“For me, one joint would never be enough, or five minutes of gaming would never be enough,” he said. “I would just keep going until I crashed out.”

Van der Heijden first went to Smith & Jones for drug addiction in October 2005, but realized the gaming was the real problem. Since undergoing treatment, he has distanced himself from his smoking and gaming friends. He says he has been drug- and game-free for eight months.

In my opinion it is very sad when you would rather play video games than have a social life. Not to say that games aren’t fun because I love “24, The Game”, but I can get up and do stuff. If someone calls me to hang out, I can use my thumb and hit the pause button to go do, SOMETHING.

I truly do not understand how a video game can be more important than face to face social interaction. At least with Facebook, they could at somepoint see this person in real life. Most gamers communicate with people across the world, who they will never see or hear in real life and that is the difference. If a child would rather play video games that are not real than be with living humans than you may have more of a problem than just being addicted to video games. Either it can be blamed on the parents or if they are older, they have other problems that are not being addressed.

I could be the only person who feels this way, but most likly I am not
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Timothy Haroutunian

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