Cause And Effect Essay On Video Game Addiction

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Video games are not considered as a serious addiction amongst teenagers and adults, often being compared to severe cases of addiction, such as drug abuse or alcohol abuse that may result in the appearance of a decrease in the severity of the addiction. However, video game addiction is a serious matter and has unhealthy consequences for an individual 's life and their health; spending too much time playing video games can take a great toll on one 's physical and mental well-being. Continuing unhealthy patterns of video game activity for prolonged periods of time can result in mental health issues, physical health problems, and a decline in a social life. A popular case of the effect video games have on an individual 's mental health is the death of a 17 month old child who was killed by her father, Tyrone Spellman, for breaking his Xbox. He was a "devotee of Xbox video games" (Matza), and upon his daughter accidentally pulling the cords out of the wall, instead of "ensuring her safety or just fix things and move on, Spellman cracked her skull repeatedly, killing her" (Criminal Justice Degrees Guide). Another case of unstable mental health is the death of Zhu Caoyuan, who was killed by Qiu Chengwei for selling an in game item that he borrowed from his murderer. The item was worth 1116 CAD, and due to…show more content…
Physical consequences can also lead to social consequences, an article states, "an addicted gamer who loses sleep because he 's playing so much simply doesn 't have the energy to invest in relationships. Lack of sleep may also make him irritable and difficult to be around" (Video Game Addiction). The article also goes on to explain the long term effects that having a video game addiction can

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