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Topic : 08/29 Internet Dramas

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Created on : Thursday, August 21, 2008, 04:08:59 am
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More than half of the households in America have one or more computers. These days, it’s common to surf the net, pay bills or even shop online, but do you know someone who spends way too much time on the computer? Dr. Phil’s guests are desperate to get their loved ones off the PC because their obsession with the Internet is causing major drama in their families and marriages. Chris and Virginia say they had no idea their 10-year-old daughter was having sexual conversations with men online, until a phone call in the middle of the night shocked them to their core. Parents, you won’t believe where the inappropriate conversations started! Then, meet Bob, a husband and father who is so addicted to the online game EverQuest that he admits he’s forgotten to feed his children! He spends up to 80 hours a week playing his computer game and has stopped eating with his family, playing with his kids and even sleeping in the same bed with his wife, Tiffany. See what happened when Tiffany gave him an ultimatum: give up the game or his family. And, meet a mom who spends all her time perfecting the online profiles she created for her dogs! Her two sons say, "What about us?" Join the discussion.

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September 19, 2008, 1:25 pm CDT

Video game addiction support sites

I had a problem with video game addiction (but with just regular video games rather than anything played over the Internet) for several years before I found and joined On-Line Gamers Anonymous (OLGA) at http://www.olganon.org/ something over a year ago.  Note that, despite the name, they provide support for people (and their family and friends) who are addicted to all types of video games, and even virtual/social network type programs like Second Life.  At the time, I was only playing for about 4 hours per day on average, but that is mainly because it was part of a larger problem of my procrastinating most days playing games and doing other things rather than what I needed to do. However, it was only with playing video games that I had a major problem of limiting my time and that I felt that I had a specific addiction to.  Since then, I have stopped playing video games and have begun to work on some of my other problems, such as procrastination.  Anybody who is interested in details about myself and my gaming recovery can read them in my progress report thread "My Unchangeable Past, the Present, and Desired Future" at http://www.olganon.org/?q=node/5066 .

 

A month or two after I joined OLGA, I did quite a bit of searching for other similar sites but found that this problem is still so relatively new that there is not yet very much support available.  The only other site that I found and joined that provides forums with threaded posts and general video game support is the Video Game Addiction (VGA) Support Group of DailyStrength at http://dailystrength.org/c/Video-Game-Addiction/support-group .  DailyStrength itself overall is quite large (it claims to have over 300,000 members and over 500 support groups), with it being a good choice for people who have multiple problems that are interrelated and need a more comprehensive approach.  However, compared to OLGA for gaming addiction support, the VGA community there is quite young (I was one of the very first people to join it), small, with relatively few posts and specific information or support (e.g., no on-line meetings, support for a 12-step type program, etc., that OLGA provides).

 

There are also several other sites that provide quite good, although more limited in scope, support.  A few of the best ones that I found are WoW Detox at http://www.wowdetox.com/ , WoW Widow at http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/WOW_widow/ , EverQuest Widows at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EverQuest-Widows/  and GamerWidow at http://www.gamerwidow.com/ .

 

For anybody who has a problem with video game addiction, or has a family member or friend who does, please realize that there are resources available on-line that can help you.  I hope that you decide to use them and are able to successfully deal with those issues.

 
September 19, 2008, 2:50 pm CDT

Online Gamers Anonymous

Online Gamers Anonymous has been a huge help to me as well. I would encourage anyone with questions or concerns about their gaming or the compulsive play of someone they love to visit:

http://www.olganon.org
 
September 25, 2008, 11:04 pm CDT

Yahoo Chat

Well I was just in a Yahoo Catholic chatroom and someone popped in and started posting this awful voice message. I instantly exited the chatroom. I am horrified at such behavior in our chatrooms. It undermines the good people who attend them.

 

Things gota change on the net before it explodes!

 
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