Video Game Addiction?

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

When most people think of addictions they usually think of drugs and alcohol or possibly food or gambling.

But what about playing video games?

A new study from the American Medical Association says it may be time to raise awareness about excessive gaming.

One South Central Kentuckian says he wouldn't classify his love of video games as an addiction but you may decide otherwise.

"This is sort of an escape from the real world", says life long gamer Colter Sweeney.

Gaming is an escape that 21-year-old Colter Sweeney takes daily.

"My day isn't complete unless I get some kind of video gaming in and that's just how it is. I used to come home and do nothing but play video games after I got off from work for six or seven hours a day and when I was off from it would be twelve or thirteen hours straight of video games and I didn't think anything of it", says Colter.

Colter says he remembers as a child growing up playing video games with his father all night long.

"When my parents would ground me they would say I couldn't play the computer or Nintendo or anything else because that's what really got me", says Colter.

He says any negative consequences from excessive gaming are few and far between.

"Maybe depreciated social life or carpal tunnel when your older", says Colter.

Colter says he does not look at gaming as an addiction but refers to it as his hobby...a hobby he says one day that he would love to maybe turn into a career, creating and designing video games.


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