The growing digital world has changed the way we see the world. In this digital world, gaming is an important prospect; the gaming business is likewise activated by the equivalent. The online world has transformed into a regal war zone as gaming is more active today than any other time and it is particularly famous among teenagers and youngsters who are hooked with it most of the time. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health condition in the International Classification of Diseases and has placed it in the same category as substance abuse and gambling addiction.


Even after all these the teens and youngsters haven’t stopped spending more and more time playing video games. It has even proven to be more problematic in the recent time, such as in this case, where a 15-year-old from Bengaluru, India is receiving treatment for his addiction to online game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).


For those who don’t know what exactly is PUBG, is a popular game, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG created in December 2017.


PUBG, Such an exotic game, consistently a large number of individuals play this game every hour. Yet at the same time, something isn't right. Addictive yet most prominent, PUBG has its disadvantage. The game is ceaselessly driving negative effect attributable to its execution and hacks or region locking. However, that is a product glitch.


Individuals are thinking that it’s difficult to fly out of the gaming zone regardless of whether they are not playing. This game overwhelms their psyches and makes them think how hard it is to live in the actual world. This is considered dependence that is simply influencing the general population to go distraught. Being so addictive to a video game can be awful for your general wellbeing prompting certain psychological issues. Following are the negative effects of being a video game addict.


•    Health Problems

If your child spends the majority of his free energy playing computer games and skips dinners or loses rest due to over gameplay, a video game addiction can negatively impact his health. Kids or even youths who go through over two hours per day before a TV or computer games in lieu of taking part in the physical movement may experience the ill effects of obesity. What's more, it can likewise prompt such medical issues as backaches, headaches, eye fatigue and carpal tunnel syndrome--pain and numbness that your kid may feel in his wrists, hands, shoulders and elbows.


•    Increased Aggression

There may video games that are super violent and have violent actions/scenarios lead to be desensitized to the violence making the player addictive. As per a study, players who become engrossed in first-person shooter-style video games, for example, he/she might adopt those actions and scenarios that may create a detached view of society or develop aggressive thoughts and tendencies.


•    Poor Performance

Playing video games for a long time can negatively affect the performance at work/ school as they tend to play this game for a long time, sometimes all night. Doing this regularly might lead to sleepless nights, having problems paying attention and have lower test/work scores than other children/colleagues who don’t spend as much time in front of a television or video game console.


Playing video games is fine but it should never be an addiction. You can consult a counsellor on our app. Just download the app.


Written by –

Shivani Sharma