Have you just been gaming for the past two hours? You just did the equivalent of a line of cocaine, says UK counsellor and therapist Steve Pope in the Lancashire Evening Post.
The title of the piece is “Gaming Addiction Grips Youngsters” and is about the horrors of being addicted to video games.
“A lot of young people get themselves into a situation where they use video games as an escape from the world and they get hooked on the release of adrenaline it gives,” says Pope. “Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces.”
Pope goes on to claim that gaming is the “fastest growing addiction” in the UK and is affecting youth mentally as well as causing problems like obesity.
“I saw one 14-year-old Preston boy who played on games for 24 hours non stop and had not eaten and was showing signs of dehydration,” he adds. “When his parents tried to take his console away, he became aggressive and threatened to jump out of a window.”
There are also children, he warns, that have been stealing from their parents to buy video games. Just imagine if they were actually doing coke!
“Computer game addiction can also spiral into violence as after playing violent games, they may turn their fantasy games into reality,” says Pope. “But it is not just children who are suffering – a growing number of adults are addicted to the internet and to sites like Facebook.”
There are even therapists who are addicted to making all sorts of melodramatic claims.