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Aye... what's better than GTA for stress relief? biggrin.gif
One can become dependent on anything.. argument invalid.
proof.gif I don't think people who met irl will dismiss those who have met online. Both couples likely met by having something in common (WoW, coffee,...)
I never said those who met IRL will dismiss those who have met online...not sure how you deduced that. I was responding to the guy who was implying that people get married via WoW on a regular basis, I reminded him that there are exceptions to everything and vastly more people get married after meeting each other IRL. More importantly, WoW is an MMORPG - which is just ONE category of video games. The rest don't allow you to meet others online due to having no online factor. What if someone was to play nothing but singleplayer games all day long? Would his social skills improve? Rubbish, he would be about as good as a brick in a social situation.

Being an extremely addictive MMORPG that once required players to spend countless hours online and throwing their real-life responsibilities out the window, WoW has been responsible for CAUSING depression and breaking of relationships due to lack of social interaction with people in real life. I'm not even going to bother searching for your beloved "proof" because I have witnessed this with friends who dropped in grades, lost interest in the people they knew, etc. It's like trying asking for proof that water is wet. Even if they were a group of friends who played WoW together, they know each other more as their characters than they know them as actual people and the only thing holding them together is the fact that they play WoW. What happens when one of them moves onto another game? Oh look, nothing to talk about now.
Edited by Tippy - 4/24/12 at 8:43am
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This notion of social interaction "in real life" VS online or through some form or another on the computer is to me completely irrelavent in this day in age. Do you really think technology is just going to stop moving forward at some point? Communicating through technology is pretty much as common as it's ever been. What is the big thing with people that are old-fashoned that believe you HAVE to be in the same room with someone when talking to them or you're not getting the "full" social experience? If you have a friend you talk to through Skype for a few minutes, you're for some reason not talking to them all of the sudden just because you're in different locations?

"Real life" interactions always just seemed like riding a bike to me, unless you already have problems, you're not going to 'forget' how to talk to someone. Moving along with that metaphor, just because technology moved along and I can get motorcycle (computer), doesn't mean that I'll for some reason just immediately forget how to ride my old bike. Why not use both and stop thinking there's some huge wall that must be in place between technology and being in the same room? It's quite the opposite actually...technology has allowed more communication than ever before. I say embrace it.
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i play saint's row: the third to combat my depression. when i am feeling down, i just start shooting cars with the rpg and sex toy bat everything to death. get a car, and honk up a few homies to drive around in. fun times. the homies become my only friends in the world, and i am glad there are many to pick up and cause carnage with (in game).


i miss out on MP games, because i am scared to interact with players around the globe. i wish for more local friends to play with online, because of time zone issues. i wish to one day join a group that i can log in, and feel good about the vast number of players on and willing to game with me when i randomly join.
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But I saw "Improved social communication" in there, which is rubbish. Chatting to people in video games (or voice chat) can never compare to talking with people face-to-face IRL when it comes to improving social communication skills.

Try being an alliance diplomat in EVE Online sometime and see how fast the kindegarden with automatic firearms (thats the most fitting term I can think of to describe it out there in lawless space) notices if you lack the in the social interaction skills.

Stuff "lol n00b, bring it" will get someone bigger and meaner than you bringing it pretty fast in there.

What I'm trying to say is that it depends on the game. Some games where you have to interact with other humans and when you die its meaning something can also hone your skill to know when to not say something stupid.
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post #15 of 19
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Ok, definitely pulling the BS flag on this one. Video games do not combat depression. social interaction does. There is a social interaction in video games, but once you aren't playing anymore you will be just as depressed. If your totally reliant on "i have to get home and play a online social game so I can feel happy" then you need to stop playing games completely and start getting your REAL life together.

Entertainment is obviously going to combat depression, regardless of whether such entertainment features social interaction or not.
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Try being an alliance diplomat in EVE Online sometime and see how fast the kindegarden with automatic firearms (thats the most fitting term I can think of to describe it out there in lawless space) notices if you lack the in the social interaction skills.
Stuff "lol n00b, bring it" will get someone bigger and meaner than you bringing it pretty fast in there.
What I'm trying to say is that it depends on the game. Some games where you have to interact with other humans and when you die its meaning something can also hone your skill to know when to not say something stupid.
Does EVE teach you understanding of body language and improves your judgement of facial expressions / fluctuations in tone of voice? If it does...I don't know how that's even possible...do tell me more. But as far as I know, typing in chat boxes in a video game =/= improving social interaction skill. Sure you will develop a knack for typing stuff...but in a face-to-face scenario (you know, the real test of social skills) all that goes out the window.

People have face-to-face meetings for a very good reason.
I did a cert for Human Communication if that means anything to back up my statement. Very easy and interesting cert actually, I reckon everyone should do it!
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It almost sounds like you are using your 'cert' as a badge. Perhaps you are brainwashed by it?

When I see groups of people spending time together for 'feel good' reasons, more times then not, I see a lot of stupid and meaningless activity taking place.

I don't believe in having friends for the sake of feeling normal. Now that I've matured, I need friends need to meet certain requirements, especially in the values department.

Its hard to find that match and thats why I find social interaction overrated. It feels like capitulation of your values and too often a poor use of limited time.
    
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It almost sounds like you are using your 'cert' as a badge. Perhaps you are brainwashed by it?
Boy, I lightly added the "if it means anything" portion and I get slammed by the "carrying that badge, u been brainwashed lol" comments. I guess it was only expected. Maybe if you were here in person to see my face and hear my voice when I said that, you would've understood me better?

In any case, I pity those who think that social interaction comprises entirely of typing in chat boxes while staring at computer screens. Maybe faces, expressions and the value of being able to read people will also go out the window in the future. Why physically attend meetings, or even participate in video conferences? Lets all type away.
Actually no, I don't think that will ever happen. Faces and body language are not defining to social interaction but it is definitely the foundation of human interaction. It didn't take a Cert to make me realize that, it shouldn't a Cert that to make anyone realize that.
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So, let's go ahead and add up the benefits of video games to date.
To name a few...
+ Improved reflexes.
+ Increased memory retention.
+ Improved Visual Cognition
+ Improved problem solving abilities.
+ Improved social communication.
+ Emotional/physical stress relief.
+ Improved information processing skills.
Not to mention EXCELLENT hand-eye coordination. Some people don't notice it, but gamers excel at this category.

On the other hand, I'm a wee bit surprised about the comments. That's really not the point they're trying to make lol.

On a more serious note though, I do agree that video games help (indirectly) people cope with depression. I would really like to see more teenagers just release some stress in a video game and enjoy themselves rather than do something stupid i.e. do drugs or cut themselves *coughcoughdon'tbeemoit'snothealthycough*.

Video games for the win!wheee.gif
    
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