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Behavioral Addictions: Gaming. Developed by: Cora Burke, MA. The Quest. What are “gaming addictions”? What do people love about gaming? What are the problems that develop from too much online gaming? Introduce ways to disrupt problematic gaming .

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behavioral addictions gaming

Behavioral Addictions:Gaming

Developed by:

Cora Burke, MA

the quest
The Quest
  • What are “gaming addictions”?
  • What do people love about gaming?
  • What are the problems that

develop from too much online gaming?

  • Introduce ways to disrupt

problematic gaming

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DW DPS DK w/ 10.5K GS LFG H FL:The gaming vocabulary
  • Some terms you need to know:
    • MMORPG
    • Guild
    • Raid
    • Loot
    • Main
  • An overview of gaming
breaking out of the basement the gamer stereotype
Breaking out of the basement: The Gamer Stereotype
  • Who plays?
    • Doctors, Lawyers, Therapists, Professors, Actors, Athletes
    • Chuck Norris
  • Average age: 26
    • Nearly 50% of gamers are between 18 and 49.
    • The 50/50 mark.
  • Why should you care?
    • It is estimated that 22% of gamers are full time college students
      • That number may be closer to 50% for console gamers
    • Average time played? 22 hours per week.
gaming is fun
Gaming is Fun
  • MMO’s are socially driven!
  • Goals!
  • Make friends
  • Can be yourself!
  • Challenge
  • Power
why play
Why play?
  • AchievementPlayersbetween 18 and 22 are the most likely to exhibit problematic usage!
    • Males > Females
  • Research suggests two different groups
    • Escapists
      • Depression? Relationship Issues?
    • Achievers
      • Goal-driven
        • Obtainable rewards
keep em coming back for more
Keep em coming back for more
  • Extrinsic Rewards
    • Praise from others
    • Money
    • Gifts
  • Intrinsic Rewards
    • Curiosity & exploration
    • Sense of belonging
    • Autonomy
    • Competence
    • Goals & Plans
just one more daily
Just one more daily….
  • Excessive use:
    • Time loss
    • Lack of attention to hygiene
  • Withdrawal:
    • Anger, Tension
  • Tolerance
    • I need a better graphics card!
    • Longer play time
  • Negative repercussions
    • Lying about play time
    • Loss of job
    • Social isolation
    • Lack of sleep
breaking the cycle
Breaking the Cycle
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • OCD
help me
Help me!
  • People don’t seek help!
    • Scared
    • Stigma attached
      • Don’t want to be seen as

a loser

    • Don’t want to lose friends
    • Other reasons
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  • Monitor your schedule
    • How many hours are you spending online
    • How many hours responsibilities do you have
  • Determine what needs are being met online and find ways to get them in the social world.
    • Where in the real world can you find challenge, curiosity, control, fantasy, competition, cooperation, and recognition?
  • Set attainable goals in the real world
    • Make gaming a reward for reaching goals on the social world
    • Take responsibility for lack of satisfaction in your life
  • Don’t expect instant gratification
    • Change takes time
    • Happiness is a journey not an end point
  • Understand the role of gaming in your life
    • Do you game to avoid stress?
    • Are your relationships satisfying?
can t stop or know someone
Can’t stop or know someone?
  • UWF Counseling and Wellness Services
    • 8a-5p Monday through Friday
    • 850.474.2420
    • Free and confidential
  • Main Campus
    • Building 960, between Tennis Courts and Fine Arts
  • Emerald Coast Campus?
    • Call the main number
loot received
Loot received


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