I read the recent article on Yahoo that talked about a wife that put her husband on Craig’s List because she was “tired of waiting” for him while he played video games. This was supposed to be a funny bit to try and “warn” her husband that he plays video games too much, but what is it really saying? That we are a society of mindless activities? That adults are now suffering from the same video game addiction that I have been talking about for awhile now? Could it be displaying that adults are just as guilty of irresponsible behavior as children? or could the article have been a warning to other women out there that when deciding on a husband, make sure you are looking at his hobbies because, contrary to popular opinion video games and video gamers can be addicted to their hobby.
I am unsure as to what I would do if my husband were truly addicted to video games, but I think it could really affect our daily life. If you play video games all of the time, when does going out on dates with your wife go on the calendar? When does family time, or family dinner take place? Where does your job fit in, or exercise, or socializing, or going to your children’s activities, or family functions, clubs or organizations, housework, outside time, etc?
I think one of the comments that I would like to make is that the article itself was kind of sad, however, it was the comments that made me think. There were at least 1/3 of the comments that were other gamers that were cheering on the husband and there was another 1/3 that were other wives complaining of THEIR video game addictions. This means that 2/3 of the comments written are either addicted to video games, or married to adults that are addicted to video games. This is a sad commentary of the current adult population. When are we going to stop and take this situation seriously? Whether it is providing more opportunities or options for those who are addicted, and/or providing support or services to those that are affected by the addicts in their lives.