Video games like any entertainment medium can be addictive especially if the individual in question has an obsessive personality. Usually, consumers applaud developers for creating expansive experiences and enjoy the value proposition this brings. However, a 28-year-old man from Krasnoyarsk is suing Bethesda for $7000 because he didn’t realize Fallout 4 would “become so addictive”.
According to Russia Today, the player in question regularly skipped work, stopped speaking with his friends and led to the breakdown of his marriage. His statement reads:
“If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it. I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays,”
This is an absurd situation and the idea that you can try to seek compensation for your own lack or organizational skills is laughable. There’s no real precedent in Russia regarding cases like this, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the legal case proceeds. Common sense should prevail though because millions have purchased Fallout 4 and not had any negative effects in their private or personal life.
Has a game ever captured so much of your time it almost impacted on personal relationships?
The NoPhone Zero is definitely one of the most bizarre Kickstarter campaigns I’ve ever seen which replaces your smartphone with a piece of plastic. This invention, and I use the term loosely, is designed to enrich your life and stop people from obsessively checking their smartphone on a regular basis. Supposedly, the plastic block provides a soothing and cathartic experience. According to the creator:
“The NoPhone Zero is less than a phone. It’s a plastic rectangle. It does nothing. Since it does nothing, you can hold it and spend time with other human beings. Life is better when you spend time with other human beings. Because human beings are more interesting than smart rectangle devices.”
It’s relatively easy to see the device’s appeal with glowing testimonies such as:
“It feels like a smartphone in my pocket, but it’s just a plastic rectangle.”
“I can now eat food without taking photos of it. Thanks, NoPhone!”
Admirably, the page directly addresses the question on everyone’s lips and claims this crowdfunding venture is a deadly serious operation. Honestly, I’m speechless and cannot fathom where this idea came from. Remarkably, there has already been 23 backers with 28 days to go. The funding target is $500 and $222 has been pledged. I’m still not convinced the product has mass market appeal and if the creator is simply trying to mock the Kickstarter process.
“The smartphone is the tool that helps exacerbate that addiction or it’s a tool they use not to deal with that addiction”
There is no denying that smartphones have well and truly become a part of our everyday lives. As according to a study conducted by comScore in May, roughly 169 million Americans currently own a smartphone and nearly two-thirds of people are living without a traditional ‘land line’ wired phone. This being a 6% rise in smartphone usage since February 2014.
With this data in mind, Edwards commented:
“We’re dealing with more and more smartphones as part of the underlying issues. These technologies are driving addictions faster and with more intensity than ever before”
Substance addictions are one of the most publically common issues being supported through smartphone use. Edwards went on to mention a few specific examples as we learned thanks to Market Watch, with one of these being drug related. Thanks to new technology, substance addicted users can simply ask ‘Siri’ for assistance:
“I’m in Newport Beach looking for tar or 420” — refers to black tar heroin and cannabis, Edwards adds, but those code words for drugs will go over the heads of most people.”
Smart phones are also said to play a part in behavioural addictions. Things like gaming, social networking, pornography and sex are all included as according to Restart Life‘s co-founder Hilarie Cash. Restart life is responsible for looking after treatment of males over the age of 18 and provides a digital free retreat for between 35 to 90 days to help improve social skills. 95% of Restart Life’s clients are said to have a gaming addiction, but there are also other issues including pornography and social networking generally present.
In extreme circumstances some users can suffer major anxiety issues surrounding their smartphone. Although smartphones can often be used to treat anxiety, some users were found to have anxiety issues after being separated with their device for only 10 minutes as according to a study co-authored by Larry Rosen. Rosen also commented:
“Most people can’t last an hour without getting highly anxious if their smartphone is taken away”
This information is not intended to portray that all smartphone users are going to lure themselves into a mental illness through ‘normal’ or ‘constant/excessive’ use. It’s showing you that for those with a substance or behavioural addiction problem, smart phones can play a major part of the problem or in some cases even begin the complications.
How would you fare without your phone for 24 hours?
Obsessive use of social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook can negatively impact your relationship, according to a recent study published by University of Missouri doctoral researcher Russell Clayton.
The use of Facebook and Twitter can be blamed for “negative relationship outcomes,” and it’s unknown if Instagram and other social networking sites will follow a similar trend. The more a person uses Twitter, the more likely they are to have some type of Twitter-related problem with partners.
Here is what Brenda Wiederhold, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking journal editor-in-chief recently said:
“Since much of the social networking research is in its infancy, we do not know if other media, such as Instagram will also impact relationships in a negative way.
Furthermore, Boston University researchers also noted social media users “are 32 percent more likely to think about leaving their spouse,” with Facebook especially to blame.
Published research stories also highlight how smartphones and tablets can negatively impact relationships. Although social media is blamed to help people cheat, they also use Facebook and Twitter to receive emotional support and advice from others.