Originally Posted by Ibage
Anyone going to bed at 5am and waking up at 5pm will have issues. I want the proof that video games have a direct connection to it. It's like saying most people who are depressed drive cars ergo, driving causes depression.
When you play a game 10-15 hours a day because you're addicted to it, you're neglecting your life. Your hygiene suffers, you diet suffers, your social life suffers, and odds are you're skipping school and have a messed up sleep schedule.
Gaming/internet addictions are widespread because EVERYONE has a computer these days (unlike drugs), and it's an addiction that you can EASILY rationalize ("Oh...I was doing some homework/research for school too!", "Well, at least I'm not out there doing drugs mom!", "I could be doing much worse!").
It's come to a point now where most "socializing" is done on computers and phones these days. Do really expect someone who isolates themselves in their room 8 hours a day not seeing anyone or talking anyone NOT to be depressed? Real life person to person contact has been replaced by Facebook, Twitter, or some meaningless online "conversation" on Xbox.
Gaming is an EASY out for someone who wants to escape reality and their problems.