Am I Addicted to Gaming?

Question by Daedal: Am I addicted to gaming?
My friend thinks I’m addicted to video games. I deny this but I’m questioning the viability of his claim.

Under, the definition for addiction is:

The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that’s psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such a point that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Point 1: Define enslaved?

I am not enslaved to my games unless you count constantly checking up on it on my Iphone or Facebook account. I go as far as waking up in the middle of the night to play it and it takes up time I could be socializing with my friend but that’s it.

Point 2: Severe Trauma?!

If I stop playing games I do start to miss it and get bored but it does not cause me physical pain. Maybe a pang or two in the gut but that’s it.

Realization 1: Justifying my actions?

Don’t people who have addictions try to justify their actions? Aye…

Ok maybe I have a slight contingency towards online games but it is not full-blown or severe enough to ruin me. But it does take time away from doing every day leisure activites like reading and watching television. The former is important but the latter is just another mindless substitution to the codependency of electronics (but let’s not get into that…)
Good points guys. I’m questioning his claim rather than questioning the real viability to it.

Best answer:

Answer by Baron
Is it interfering with your work? Is your boss complaining that you’re falling behind? Is your girlfriend complaining that you ignore her? Have you shirked important tasks in order to play games?

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