Recently the Chinese government has come up with a new set of rules limiting the amount of time minors can spend playing online video games in a week, as they are concerned that the children may be getting addicted to gaming.
Although gaming may have it’s advantages, excessive online gaming could lead to addiction, which may affect the child’s studies, physical and mental health, and may even caused a series of social problems.
𝑫𝒆𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑩𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝑮𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑨𝒅𝒅𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏…
🎮The human brain is wired to enjoy (1) instant gratification, (2) fast pace and (3) unpredictability – the three aspects satisfied by video games.
🎮 Internet Gaming Disorder: Recent studies have shown that playing video games can be highly addictive and that it not only changes how our brains perform but also their structure.
🎮 Playing video games creates hyperarousal that triggers the release of dopamine, which may make the addicted adolescent player agitated if the object is denied or taken away.
𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝑫𝒐𝒑𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆?
– Dopamine is a feel-good chemical released by your body when it experiences pleasurable events/things.
– When the brain is flooded with this ‘pleasure sensation’ through neurotransmitters, it release dopamine as a form of a reward system.
– It’s the brain’s quest for pleasure that associates dopamine with addiction which is why it can be so hard for anyone to tear themselves away from a video game.
𝑴𝒐𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑰𝒔 𝑲𝒆𝒚
👀 In today’s fast-paced world, where technology plays a key role in day to day living, it is impossible to keep kids away from the screen.
👀 However, monitoring your children’s screen time and developing a good balance of on-screen and off-screen activities can help prevent gaming addiction.