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are video games bad for you ( stress depression wise )

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Started: 1/13/2015 Category: Games
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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thepianst

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I personally don't think that video games (online ones in this case) are bad for you, I think you find more friends than you maybe would if you went outside playing a ball game? Because when you are online you are connected with 1000 of other players doing the same thing you does, and today in this century we have more online video game community than you had like 10 years ago? This world will just keep expanding and when you play a game like League of legends, fifa, dota and so on, you are chatting with other people and maybe talking with some of them on skype, teamspeak, ventrilo? And I found out that it helped on me to sit down and play a few rounds of fifa b4 doing anything else because maybe I had a bad day or just need to blow off some stream? I know a lot of people are feeling the same way.
- Sorry for my english, hope you understand what i'm saying in this debate and hopefully don't hate too much.
Fingohluuptee

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My opponent has absolutely no idea what stress and depression are and how to treat someone suffering from chronic stress or clinical depression.

The reality here is that they assume that human contact itself is even the cure for it. Firstly, only a very small proportion of games are multiplayer, online games in the first place and only a vast minority of those games are the type one can use a console or computer to attach a microphone to to even engage in the sort of interaction level that could possibly simulate real-time face-to-face conversation that is considered socializing.

If someone is severely stressed, it is very possible that this stress stems from either social anxiety, severely heavy workload or immediate angst due to a sudden lifestyle change in some shape or form. There is no way on Earth that a socially anxious individual is going to have less anxiety while being force dot interact with people in a situation where their loss is the other's gain and vice versa. The communication involved with video game sis hostile and strategy-oriented, it would be like saying that the way we cure someone who has stomach ulcers form the severity of stress is to throw them into a battlefield and have them shout at the soldiers around them. Oh yeah, that's totally going to fix their stress problem isn't it? The person with a heavy workload is going to just procrastinate their work and increase their stress by forming a stress-induced addiction to the game which becomes their one, very unhealthy and very short-term release of stress that end sup making it accumulate far more severely as withdrawal symptoms and workload-lag ensues. As for the person with immediate stress, playing video games is not going to help them adapt but rather distract them from even beginning to try and adapt to the new, changed environment.

As for depression, it really isn't a case of 'I enjoy this game so I am no longer depressed'. It's more of an issue of playing game after game after game compulsively until the person breaks down crying, feeling empty inside incapable of enjoying any game and concluding that they are mentally retarded and not worthy of even playing a video game, let alone to live another day or try and succeed in life.

Now that I have opened with my persuasive nonsensical spew of ignorance, it is time to back it up with hard, concrete facts.

To prove that there are two types of stress (namely acute and chronic) and that stress leads to addiction (such as to video games) I shall now provide you with 5 reliable links.

http://www.apa.org...
http://www.humanstress.ca...
http://www.healthxchange.com.sg...
[Internet-specific] http://www.helpguide.org...
Proof that we'd be better of actually doing what we do in games rather than procrastinating with the gaming instead: https://blog.bufferapp.com...

To prove that those who are depressed gradually become incapable to enjoy anything, even gaming and that for someone to get addicted to it while depressed would diminish them I will supply four reliable links.

http://ehealthmd.com...
http://kotaku.com...
http://nobullying.com...
https://www.uth.edu...

I won't bore you with the details for now. I will leave it at that.
Debate Round No. 1
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