We all like video games, right? I mean, who doesn’t? There are so many of them that it’s hard not to enjoy playing at least a few of them. Some people, however, take gaming to a whole new level. Many would say that they are addicted. But why are video games so addicting to their users?
1. They never end.
Many modern video games do not have a defined end.
There is no real point where you’ve “beat all the levels” or “finished the game.”
This makes games seemingly infinite, allowing players to continue playing them as long as they’d like, giving their addiction more time to grow and worsen.
2. They connect people.
Humans are meant to interact with other humans. You can find ways to interact with other people everywhere from fast-food restaurants to friendly chats with your neighbors — and now even online.
Many video games these days include ways for players to interact with one another — even from halfway across the world.
Some games even implement a feature where players can join teams or groups and play together. This can cause each player to feel like their team needs them, and so they decide to play the game more often.
Lots of developers even make their games similar to social networks. For example, by adding a simple chat feature to a game, a developer can enable all of their players to communicate with each other in real-time. Gamers enjoy these aspects, similar to how many people enjoy social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“The more social media we have, the more we think we’re connecting, yet we are really disconnecting from each other.” — JR
3. They reward players.
It is a sure fact that people prefer instant gratification — where they are rewarded right away — over delayed gratification, where they would receive a reward later on.
“I think my generation is obsessed with instant gratification. We want everything now, now, now.” — Dakota Fanning
This is a very true statement, especially in our current world. Most games use instant gratification to reward players. After accomplishing a task, players may earn points, levels, or even some form of in-game currency.
Players quickly get addicted to watching their points, levels, or “currency” grow, so they try to accomplish many in-game tasks. This quickly forms a greater addiction to the game.
4. They are constantly improving.
Most developers will constantly and consistently be improving their games. This may be anything from adding more levels to completely changing the game’s interface to make it more pleasing to the eye.
These constant upgrades keep players busy with fresh content all the time.
5. They provide an escape from reality.
Many people play video games just to “escape” from the real world. A lot of modern video games create a completely new environment for players to enjoy. Often, players need to construct a virtual persona to play a game, making them feel much more attached to the game itself.
Some people may even feel that video game communities are the only places where they are accepted or cared about.
6. They create strong emotions.
After someone spends a long time on something like a game, it becomes more meaningful to them. They become more emotionally attached to it.
After a lot of time spent on a game, you wouldn’t want to just stop playing, because then all of your “hard work” would go to waste. These emotional ties to games strengthen the player’s addiction.
Now think to yourself for a few minutes.
- How many of these six reasons apply to you?
- How many of your friends are addicted to video games? You should suggest other things they might enjoy doing in their spare time instead.
- What else could you spend your free time on? Maybe you could read a book or go for a walk.