TechAddiction videos are focused on stories and accounts of internet and video game addiction. This includes personal stories of those who are currently dealing with an addiction or have overcome unhealthy habits.
You will also find reports on the psychological impact (both positive and negative) of new technolgies, online legal issues, internet crime, personal safety issues, and other topics generally related to "life online". Some of the benefits of video games will also be noted.
Virtual Child Pornography on Second Life
Sky News story on adults who use their Second Life avatar to engage in fantasy child sexual abuse. While the report acknowledges that the "child" characters are most likely controlled by adults, it questions whether fantasy role-play could lead to real life abuse.
Quote: "Child-like avatars are not just playing on the swings, they're offering sex. Virtual children of all ages - even toddlers. After talking to one child I agreed upon a price and was taken to a back ally where I was offered a range of sick, sexual services - including torture."
Virtual Child Pornography on Second Life - Part 2
Quote: "Child protection officers and welfare groups are also concerned that this kind of immersive role-play can lead to child abuse in the real world."
World of Warcraft Addiction
BBC story on a 16 year old boy who is addicted to World of Warcraft and plays up to 16 hours per day. Interestingly, the boy started playing only several months ago. He has since dropped out of school and does not work.
Quote: "I am addicted to the game, but I'm not fully addicted…I can quit whenever I want."
Motivational video of a WoW player who admits to being addicted and assesses the impact it has had on his life. In this video he documents the deletion of his characters, the cancellation of his account, and the destruction of his game disks.
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Quote: "What is it I am about to do? I am about to delete all my World of Warcraft characters. I'm going to cancel my account and I am going to destroy my game disks."
Quote: "When it comes down to it, you are just sitting there in front of a machine trying to get fake progress in your life that isn't really happening. There is no progress there."
Quote: "I really haven't accomplished anything by playing these games. I've lost a lot."
Pornography Addiction Almost Destroys Marriage
CNN story about a young couple who almost loses their marriage due to the husband's online pornography addiction.
Quote: "Internet pornography is the crack cocaine of sex addiction."
Suicide While Playing EverQuest
News story on EverQuest and WoW gamers. Includes an interview with the mother of a young man who committed suicide while playing. The parent blames the game company for her son's death but a Psychologist who treats game addiction is skeptical that the game actually caused his death. Rather, she points out that addictive gaming can occur in addition to more serious psychological problems.
Quote: "I can log on at 3:00 when I get home from school and play until 7:00 - it will feel like only an hour."
Boot Camp & Electroshock in China
CBC news story on parents in China who have sent their video game addicted children for "video game detox". The inpatient program lasts several months and involves simulated real-world combat (most likely paintball) in the hope of reconnecting the kids with the physical environment. The program also includes the controversial treatment of electroshock therapy.
Quote: "I got up at 8:00 in the morning and played until 6:00 the next morning. Maybe I played a little too much. That's all."
Support for Game Addiction
A feature on video game addiction. Includes an interview with the owner of a video game café who states that she occasionally has to thrown people who play longer than 24 hours nonstop. Parallels are drawn with gambling addiction.
Quote: "It happens here occasionally. We'll step in if they just forget that they should go home and sleep."
Community Support Program for Pornography Addiction
CBS News story on a community program offering help and support for pornography addictions.
Quote: "No one sees what you see and it is in the comfort of your own home. Kids now have computers in their home - hooked up wireless laptops and their parents think they're doing homework…"
Videogame Addiction Interview (Part 1 of 4)
Part 1 of a 4 part interview with Shavaun Scott, a therapist who specializes in the treatment of videogame addiction.
Quote: "I don't think arguing about whether addiction is real or not real is really the point. The issue is, are people playing too much? And I don't think anybody would argue that there are definitely people who play too much."
Videogame Addiction Interview (Part 2 of 4)
Part 2 of a 4 part interview with Shavaun Scott, a therapist who specializes in the treatment of videogame addiction.
Quote: "If parents are allowing their children unlimited access to the internet, unlimited game time - that's a sign that something needs to be looked at."
Videogame Addiction Interview (Part 3 of 4)
Part 3 of a 4 part interview with Shavaun Scott, a therapist who specializes in the treatment of videogame addiction.
Quote: "There is a leveling system in the game. So when you start off a new character, you are basically at 1. In a very short period of time you complete just a few tasks, and in just a few minutes you are at level 2 and then at level 3. At which each level you get new skills, new powers, new abilities. But as you go higher and higher into the leveling system it starts to take longer and longer, until when you get to the very high levels in the game it can take weeks."
Quote: "If you are playing with a group and your clanmates are all playing for five or six or eight hours a day and you are only playing for one or two, you are going to be out-leveled very quickly - so you are not going to be able to keep up with your friends and you won't be able to play with them."
Videogame Addiction Interview (Part 4 of 4)
Final part of a 4 part interview with Shavaun Scott, a therapist who specializes in the treatment of videogame addiction.
Quote: "There is a theory that some people are naturally deficient in dopamine (a neurotransmitter) and so life tends to be somewhat "flat" - it is difficult for them to experience pleasure. When they become involved in an activity like gaming that is very exciting to them, they have a burst of dopamine that feels very pleasurable to them. So of course they tend to go back to the activity repeatedly where they get that release of dopamine. The concern is that as they get better and better at gaming, the dopamine system gets more efficient. And they only get that kind of dopamine release when they are engaged in that activity. So the rest of the world becomes even less rewarding from a biological standpoint. So there is a tendency to want to go back to the game just to maintain that sense of being OK or being at peace."
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