The issue of video game addiction has become a more serious problem in modern society, especially amongst teenagers and children. It has even been put…

The issue of video game addiction has become a more serious problem in modern society, especially amongst teenagers and children. It has even been put up for consideration as a mental disorder, and even though at the end it was not accepted into the categorization system, the problem still exists.   Various elements in the content of video games pose a risk for excessive indulgence in video games. For example, leveling up or winning battles may provide the gamer with a sense of self-achievement that may not be achievable as easily in real life. However, one must keep in mind that these achievements are NOT real and oftentimes unable to help sustain life in reality (unless of course, you are so good at gaming that you can make a living off selling in-game items that no one else can get, but truth is, how many people can actually live off that?). There are also arguments made that there should be stricter regulations on video game content considering the violence and sexual content found in many video games that may potentially have negative effects on the gamers, although counterarguments have been posed against this view (You can look more into counterarguments here: http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/pops/pop13.7videogames.pdf).   Personally, I believe that while the individual plays an important role in regulating their own gaming behavior, sometimes parents, teachers, and especially friends, who may be closest to the individual, play an important role as well. If you notice that your child/student/friend/etc. has been spending excessive time in front of their beloved Wii (or other gaming console of choice) and there has been significant declines in their grades/social behavior, pay extra attention! – Vivian