Mobile gadgets have become the most craved, envied, and the carried devices in all ages and demographics. The devices are even becoming inevitable as they allow access to banking, investment, communication and now entertainment in the form of gaming. It is no longer uncommon to find people sunk into playing while commuting to work, waiting to be served, taking a meal or even relaxing at home.
Following the revelation of possible rationing of mobile gaming in China for people under 12, a question surfaces whether gaming can be truly addictive. Perhaps, there are people who can answer this in the affirmative, leading to the examination of signs of addiction to mobile gaming.
- The mobile gaming is used as an escape from stress – since stress is always there, a person who uses gaming as a way to escape ought to be worried. This is because of the possibility of over-dependence which is a sign of addiction.
- The player increasingly spends more time in gaming – it is possible to move from regular, disciplined gaming times to increasingly spending more time either knowingly, or by continuously telling oneself that there is no harm. This means that the player is increasingly losing control over their time due to gaming, a sign of addiction. The reason behind this is that addiction creeps in slowly without the knowledge of its victim.
- The player easily spends beyond the budget on gaming – addictions always go with uncontrolled expenditures. Therefore, if one cannot control how much they are spending on mobile games, then this ought to send a warning signal to the player.
- The player foregoes important events or tasks due to the urge to play – another aspect of addiction is that it places an object or habit above healthy social relationships and responsibilities. Addicted persons will often do anything to remain attached to the object or habit, including cutting off healthy relationships.