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ich presentiereeee xD
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mein englisch research paper, was ich fuer die schule machen musste... mal schaun, was ich fuer ne note bekomme
viel spasz beim lesen^^

If you never start, you’ll never have to worry about stopping
Computer and Video Game Addiction

 

Only a quarter of an hour more, and then I can leave the school and go home.  The teacher is getting on my nerves and asks me things for which I don’t know the answers.  I feel like a small, silly child, and everybody is laughing at me, again.  Five minutes left. My heart starts to beat faster, and it feels as if someone is playing a drum roll, over and over again.  I am breathing more rapidly.  In a little while, I will be able to get home where I can immerse myself in my own world – my second life.  I am already at level 48, and I just need 40 coins and one secret weapon to get to the next level. Finally, school is over and it’s about time!  Eight hours of meaningless sitting around, when I could already be at level 49.  I sprint out of the class as fast as possible to the bus like a marathon runner.  Suddenly, someone trips me. I fall down and everyone is laughing again: laughing at me, the same as everyday.  The village idiot fell again. Great job! I start to despair.  I am never going to be at home in time. I was about eight hours afk (away from keyboard).  I hope I don’t lose many of my collected coins.  I get up and run to the bus, taking care not to fall over a “casual” stretched leg. Fortunately, I reach the bus without incident.  

            Slowly, I begin to relax.  I notice how my muscles let up and my breath slows down.  In three minutes, I will be at home and can chill in my room and start my lovely baby.  (I’ve been pondering the fact that I’ve had to wait eight hours to get back to my computer – much like a small child waiting for Santa Claus!).  I can already see my house from the bus.  Slowly, I am getting excited, even though I go through the same process every day.  Finally, the bus arrives and I run to the house.  Let’s get started.  I grab a bag of chips and a coke and am finally sitting comfortably in front of my computer.  Now I am ready for the next level.  “Don’t forget your homework!”  Oh, my mother is so annoying.  Who cares about homework?  I don’t.  Now I am in my own world, in my element.  Here I can be who I am, and don’t have to act as others want me to.  I am able to fight against rivals who are my equals in endurance.  I am getting totally lost in the game.  This is MY world.  “Time to go to bed!”  Oh man, mothers have no idea.  I glance at the clock and it is 9:00 p.m.  Great, I can play another hour at least.  I just can’t fall back asleep tomorrow in school.  The next time I glance at the clock, it is 1:32 a.m.  Oh well!  It was just so exciting at the moment.  I couldn’t stop before the next level.  

            In a world of pressure and high expectations, increasing numbers of students throughout the world are finding escape by playing computer or video games, becoming addicted to their computers and shutting out the real world.  Computer and video games are an enticement that teenagers can’t resist, so they change their daily routine and behavior and as a result they lose friends and fail in school.

Teenagers have hobbies and practice a sport, but more and more teenagers are staying at home, spending time on the computer playing games to which they become addicted.  Although they are using their skills at the computer they become more addicted and the problems become more complex.  “At night my thumbs are so painful I have to sit with them in cold water to take the pain away.”  This is a quote of a 13-year old boy, which states that even the younger kids spend so much time in front of the computer playing games until it becomes painful.  They become computer addicted, and can’t stop playing.  Many students become attached to the machine, instead of other hobbies or sports.  Especially people who are lonely, shy, easily bored, or suffering from another addiction or impulse control disorder are getting addicted.  “I’m afraid that I will run away if my parents take my computer away.  It is almost like the computer owns me.”  In most cases, the teenager knows that he is addicted to computers, but can’t stop the addiction or change the attachment on his own and needs support – not punishment.  Yet younger kids are becoming computer addicted, because computers are the new “babysitters” of the present easily replacing the television.  Teenagers are using computers daily to play games or surf the internet.  99% of the boys and almost 60% of the girls play or have played violent computer games, which my survey with two different classes proves. Because of this, they are becoming more aggressive.  In a research study by Dorman (1997) they found out that playing video games seems to lead children to exhibit behaviors similar to those portrayed in the game, including aggressive behavior, which is stated in the article The Joystick Generation.

The computer is getting more and more involved in each teenage life and so, it is an enticement to play violent video and computer games that quite a few teenagers can’t resist anymore.  As a result of this, they lose their friends and as a consequence they become more deeply addicted.  In this time of media, computer graphics and great technology, the different computer game companies try to do their best to get the kids to buy their games. Everywhere around you see advertisements for the newest game – the newest game console – the newest graphic card. Consequently, a lot of teenagers get attached to computers and just want to try it once, because they are curious about how it is to play. As a result of that, it is difficult to stop playing once you’ve tried it, so you lose friends, because the computer is becoming your one and only friend.  In the article If You Never Start Ellen Notbohm says, that “If you never start, you’ll never have to worry about stopping.” and that is right.  She never bought her kids computer games, so the danger that her kids would become addicted to computer and video games is lower because of that.  In the article The Joystick Generation, Jami Barenthin and Marieke Van Puymbroeck are talking about the motivations to play computer/ video games.  They claim, that the reasons for playing (in order of importance) include excitement, mastery, having nothing else to do, having friends who play, and to make themselves feel better.

            As a result of playing violent computer or video games and being computer addicted, a lot of teenagers change their behavior, become aggressive, and show more negative social action.  The video and computer game manufacturers are becoming the guardians of this generation, and influencing them with violence.  “In a violent video game, you rehearse the entire aggression sequence from the beginning to the end,” says media violence researcher Craig Anderson; Chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Psychology; in the article Video Game Violence by Mark Hoerrner and Keisha Hoerrner.  Anderson also claims that they have considerable evidence that these games cause violent behavior; he is pointing to hundreds of scientific studies on video games, and more than 3,000 on the effects of other violent media – all suggest a casual link between violent behavior and the consumption of violent video / computer games.  Thus, the computer/ video game addict is losing friends, because his behavior changes from “normal” to aggressive – depressive when he is not on the computer.  Consequently he is spending more and more time on the computer, because he doesn’t have friends anymore to go out with.

            Computer addiction is a growing problem in our society.  We should support the addicts and not lower the importance of their problems.  The first step on the mend is that the addict recognizes that there is a problem.  Without recognizing and realizing the computer addiction, an addict can’t be helped.  Then the addict can join a special clinic which will help him to recover.  There are special clinics in France, Germany, and Holland, which help addicts with a 30-day course, so that they learn how to handle computers and live with the addiction.  Another solution is to join an anonymous Online Gamer Group.  An ultimate solution for computer addiction isn’t found yet.  “Nobody’s ever cured,” says Orzack in the article Computer Addiction Is Coming On-line.  “You just learn to deal with the problem.” You should ask yourself, who is running your life: The machine or you?

 




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