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Soon World of Warcraft turned into Ruya’s whole world—she dropped out of school, stopped seeing friends and family members, gained weight, and even stopped bathing. 43 “When I wasn’t playing World of Warcraft, I would get fidgety,” she says. “It’s all I would talk about. ”43 Any drug and alcohol abuser knows what happens when he or she suddenly stops using the substances. The body, no longer receiving the chemicals that satisfy the pleasure center of the brain, goes through withdrawal. “These [clients] Symptoms vary, but most addicts experience nausea, I’m working vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
Teens play games in a variety of ways, including with others in person, with others online, and by themselves. Although most teens play games by themselves at least occasionally, just [some] teens only play games alone, and the remaining . . 52 Moreover, the study found, young people who play video games are as interested in current events as young people who either do not play games or spend little of their time at the game console. The study found that gamers often participate in charitable functions and are otherwise engaged in civic life.
Most employees, he says, prefer adventure-oriented games. “People are pretty amazed when I tell them I take my entire engineering staff oﬄine for 30 to 40 minutes to do this,” says Kraus. Other high-tech firms encourage employees to engage in online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft. Executives believe that when employees play together, they learn team-building concepts that they can later use in their professional roles. Says Douglas Thomas, a communications professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles: There’s a quote from Plato that [says] you learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a lifetime of conversation.
Are Video Games Harmful by Hal Marcovitz