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Watchful, Wary and Wise - Be Smart Online: Internet Addictions

Learning how to behave appropriately and responsibly online, stay safe and create a positive personal profile are skills that everyone needs to develop

Video Game Addiction

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Does The Internet Rule Your Life?


Types of internet addictions

Symptoms of video game addiction:

*Lying about how much you play

*Spending increasing amounts of time and money on video games to feel the same level of excitement

*Irritability or restlessness when the amount of time playing is scaled back

*Escaping problems through playing video games

*Skipping chores or homework to spend more time playing video games

*Stealing games or stealing money to buy games


Video Game Addiction

Online Gambling

Problematic Internet Use

From Susan McLean's CyberSafety Solutions webpage:


The Internet appears to be capable of altering the mood, motivation, concentration, and producing a dissociating and disinhibiting experience for users - for some individuals, patterns of use can transform to abuse, taking on a compulsive quality. Studies suggest that the Internet may have psychological properties that are capable of altering mood and behaviour, often with little or no awareness. Many of the daily spheres of behaviour, including work, appear to be affected by this powerful technology.

Dr David Greenfield     
Centre for Internet Behaviour USA     

Problematic Internet Use is:-

• More common in adolescent males than females
• Often connected to online gaming sites
• Takes over their life of the young person to the exclusion of all else: school, family, eating and sleeping
• Leads to many other mental and physical health issues
• Needs to be addressed as a serious mental health issue and suitable treatment obtained from either your GP or through and adolescent psychologist.

World of Warcraft - Game OVERdose

How to Break a WOW Addiction

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This information comes from the website

  1. Admit you have a problem. This may be hard, but accepting that Warcraft has taken over your life is the initial step into overcoming your addiction.
  2. Consider the following: Imagine the day that you first bought the game. If you knew everything you do now, would you still have bought it? Now the follow up question: Imagine yourself in two years, still playing WoW, looking back on today when you are making the decision to quit or keep playing. How do you feel about your decision to continue?
  3. Find out what has caused your addiction. What makes World of Warcraft so appealing to you? Is it the fact that it has different continents that you will never go to? Is it the fighting? Is it your "unique" role as a tank or a mage? Is it the happiness of 'pwning noobs'? Whatever it is, try to minimize this happiness in WoW, and make it a pleasure that you could also get in every day life.

    • Take a martial arts class. Kick some real butt.Many gamers are very interested in the martial arts, but never study it.
    • Read. Novels have just as much excitement and adventure as WoW, but you can expand other skills -- such as critical thinking and vocabulary -- in addition to those that interactive storytelling and game play will build. Try to equip gear that increases your reading ability (Such as monocles), this will increase your WPS (Words Per Second).
    • Play a less time consuming video game with all of the rewarding feelings of WoW.
    • Do live action RP (LARP), especially if you were from a RP server.
  4. Burn yourself out by finding the ways to cheat at World of Warcraft. Find a private server to play on, with ultra fast leveling/gold. Cheating through the entire game in an hour will get you burnt out very, very quickly.
  5. Make it a joint effort. Believe it or not, many people play World of Warcraft simply because their friends play it, and they find it enjoyable to spend time with them in WoW. If this is the case, then convince your friends to stop playing (with these steps, if needed), or even better, find another game to play. Otherwise, explain to your friends and family what you're doing, and ask them to help you stay on track. When you can't trust yourself to keep away from WoW, you have to trust someone else to stop you.
  6. Set up parental controls for yourself. Make it so your play-time is limited, and use a complicated password that you are sure to quickly forget. Or, ask a friend or family member to set the parental controls with a password you don't know.
  7. Schedule other activities with your free time, so you won't have time to play WoW. One of the most effective way is to get a part time job and book every free time you have to work. Hang out with your friends, play basketball, engage in extra curricular activities at school (such as clubs or sport teams) or volunteer. The important thing is that they keep you outside of your home, away from your computer. You can find that there are many things that are just as exciting as playing WoW. Remember, your "guild" online is no substitute for the company of real friends.
  8. Give away your bags and gold (don't mail them to an alt) and delete your character.
  9. Sell your account. There are many players and lazy people out there, willing to pay for an existing account. This is a great way to stop playing, because then someone else takes your character, and you won't be able to control it any longer. This is a nice way to quit, but not stop addiction.
  10. Beat the game. When all else fails, play until you reach the highest level possible. Many players get to the maximum level (at least until Blizzard releases another add-on pack) then look back and realize with disappointment that they've been following what is known by many gamers as the 'role-playing game grind', or the extremely repetitive and ultimately fruitless efforts of gaining gold, levels, and experience. Because when it's all said and done, a dead man's possessions are not important; it's the memories that count. So go out and make your own, now, in the real world.
  11. Do activities that are productive in the real world, but allow you to have the same satisfaction of leveling up like getting fit, learning to cook, succeeding in school courses. Get your artisan cooking level, first aid, and fishing skills up in real life.
  12. Consider alternatives to defusing the addiction such as
  13. Understand that you can have the best of both worlds. Set movie nights and friends night get a girlfriend or boyfriend that does not play World of Warcraft.