Do you have the “S.I.G.N.S.” of Net / video game addiction?

by on March 19, 2008 · 5 comments

This week over at Net Family News, my friend Anne Collier interviews Dr. Jerald Block, a psychiatrist in Portland, Ore., who has worked with patients suffering from Internet or video game addiction. Dr. Block has developed this mnemonic to identify the ‘SIGNS’ that kids or adults may be on the road to Net or gaming addiction. “If one or more of these questions are answered ‘yes’ AND the person is having interpersonal problems, he/she is at risk,” says Dr. Block. Sadly, I find I am clearly suffering from several of these symptoms. Are you?
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S = Sleep cycle is consistently advanced. Goes to sleep later and wakes later or is tired in the morning.

I = Irritable when not on the computer. Preoccupied thinking about the computer and their activities there (sex, gaming, browsing, tuning the system up, etc.). Can become enraged if told to stop using.

G = Guilty about his/her computer use so tries to hide evidence of 1) game/porn purchases, 2) online activities (deletes cache, uses encryption/passwords, etc.), and 3) logs on secretly, etc.; 4) defensive when confronted.

N = Nightmares. Dreams about his or her gaming/computer use.

S = Social dropouts – people who become more isolated by their computer use. This is seen when there is a consistent pattern of sacrificing real-life relationships to preserve virtual ones. Alternatively, seems to prefer living in virtual worlds more than their real one. These people become NEETs: ‘Not in Employment, Education, or Training.’

  • Anonymous

    Hi, my name is Tim and I am a compulsive gamer.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, my name is Tim and I am a compulsive gamer.

  • http://www.guerilla-ciso.com/ rybolov

    I can stop anytime I want to, I just choose to be like this. No, really. =)

  • http://www.guerilla-ciso.com/ rybolov

    I can stop anytime I want to, I just choose to be like this. No, really. =)

  • Solomon D Rothman

    Hi,

    My name is Brian Bentow and I’m the author of the Computer Athlete’s Handbook and I run computer injury support groups throughout Los Angeles. I found you online and I think you can help me. I’m making a documentary about the side effects of a techy lifestyle that’s specifically focused on computer related injuries and video game addiction.

    I’m creating this film to bring awareness to this growing problem. I would greatly value your answers to the following questions for use in the film:

    1. What is your personal experience with video game addiction?
    2. Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for other people coping with video game addiction?
    3. Anything else you would like to share?

    I really appreciate your help and may even want to setup an on camera interview with you. Are you available between the dates of April 17-April 25?

    This documentary is being directed by Solomon Rothman, an independent filmmaker who’s received international attention (ZDnet, AMC, HP Spot, TechNewsWorld, Wikipedia) for creating ‘open source films’.
    If you would like to get more information and see a live video of me speaking of me about this topic send me an e-mail or give me a call at your convenience.

    Thank you,

    Brian Bentow
    818-825-8805
    documentary@corahost.net

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