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Cyber Monday, Cyber Addiction

Computer shopping cartRecently, we experienced a day known as Cyber Monday. This is the Monday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day when many people take to their computers and buy things from online retailers. It follows Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday is traditionally one of the busiest retail days of the year in the United States.

While the internet and online shopping are undoubtedly convenient, they can be dangerous for some people. Some people are compulsive shoppers, or their shopping behaviors threaten other areas in their lives, similar to how gambling and drug and alcohol abuse also damage lives.

Other people use the internet to play video games and compete against each other in such games. While online gaming is a fun occasional pastime for some, it can also negatively impact people’s lives if they spend all their time gaming instead of working, attending school, spending time with loved ones, and engaging in other pursuits.

Some people say that behaviors such as compulsive shopping and gaming are even addictions. This is because such behaviors negatively interfere with people’s lives, yet people continue shopping or playing despite such consequences.

Their shopping or gaming might make them feel better for a short time, but the thrill eventually wears off and the shoppers or gamers feel worse than before. They then might shop some more or play some more to feel better, creating a circular pattern that could be hard to break.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there are treatment programs that address excessive video game playing. Such treatment helps address how people apparently become psychologically dependent to gaming. This dependence appears to be similar to how alcohol drugs affect people with substance abuse disorders.

It might not be a stretch, then, to call compulsive gaming an addiction. Viewing such behaviors as addictions could be a good way to consider treating them.