Why game addiction causes long-term health effects
When you sit down in your most comfortable position while relaxed. It doesn't take more than a few minutes before you need to change position. Pressure is put on one or several parts of your body that make your brain to send a signal to change position. Painkillers, for example, can be very dangerous for your body if you are not very careful with your activities after you take them.
Let's say you have hurt your hand very badly and can't stretch out your fingers.
Your body sends the signals to your brain that it's injured and then the brain sends signals to you that this hurts, don't stretch your fingers and your brains sends you signal in form of pain, in case you didn't get the memo.
If you now take a painkiller, all of a sudden you can stretch your fingers again. Perfect, problem solved!
Well not really, painkillers just block the warning signals so you don't get the pain memo.
A person who understands this also understands that he or she is still injured and shouldn't put any pressure on the hand or stretch the fingers because they are still injured and recovering.
OK. But what has this to do with game addiction?
When a game addict is participating in the game, hundreds of cool stuff are going on at the same time. Most of which, very exciting things. Animals or monsters are trying to kill the gamer, maybe some other player is trying to attack the gamer, maybe the gamer just looted some fantastic item which will improve his or her gameplay.
There are tons and tons of very exciting things that can happen during a gameplay.
This triggers something called Adrenaline kick though gaming addiction. It means that a game addict due to all the excitement in the game gets an adrenaline kick. Adrenaline is build up in the body as a survival defense mechanism. It's a fight and flight mechanism.
This is how it worked millions of year ago:
I have a little injury. But here comes a lion.
Last time I saw a lion, it went for the throat on one of our tribe members and ripped him apart.
Based on this experience, I now understand that I need to run or attack in order to survive every time I see a lion.
Adrenaline is now building up in my body. I don't feel the little injury I had seconds ago. Adrenaline gives me strength and disables the pain signals I had seconds ago. Now I can fight or flight in order to survive.
Ever heard of those extreme stories where skinny mothers lift a 2-ton car to save her child?
Where does she get the strength from? The adrenaline of course (and probably loads of other chemicals and hormones that are produced in the body in extreme situations, but that's a question for a doctor)
Do you think she would stop if she had a little injury in her hand? No! The adrenaline makes her not feel the pain.
Most of the people that have been in a fist fight know this as well.
After a fist fight, the pain comes after and we usually discover that the fist is bleeding because we hit the person in the face and hit his teeth which caused an open wound to the fist. The adrenaline makes us not feel that pain until after the fight when the adrenaline levels dropped.
So back to sitting in comfortable positions.
When a relaxed person is sitting in a position, it takes everything from seconds to minutes depending on the person's health conditions and old injuries and genetic structure to change the position because the person is not comfortable.
A game addict, however, experiences all different kind of excitements in the game, the adrenaline is pumping in the body non-stop. So when a game addict starts to feel pressure on some part of the body, he or she doesn't feel it which is not good.
Of course, the game addict won't see any serious consequences of this for months, maybe even years, But one day that will issue will come up.
What kind of issues the game addict will face in a matter of 10, maybe 20 years is not known yet because the online games haven't existed for that long.
Unfortunately one day we will find out.
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