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12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
http://www.psypost.org...

Highlights:

Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information.

"Hyperconnectivity between these brain networks could lead to a more robust ability to direct attention toward targets, and to recognize novel information in the environment," says Anderson. "The changes could essentially help someone to think more efficiently." One of the next steps will be to directly determine whether the boys with these brain differences do better on performance tests.

I think internet gaming addiction is completely idiotic, and the suggestion that it exists generally serves more to discredit the largess of modern psychology, but the neural changes are interesting.

I wonder if similar changes occur in DDO users.
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12/29/2015 5:04:33 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
I've always found that it's best to do something productive, but the setting in which you use your time efficiently doesn't matter. You can learn through books or through the internet. Psychologically, it is better for memorizing and learning if you were to read on paper, but this only applies to books, not short stories or articles.

The problem with playing games endlessly is that you lose that time that could be spent more efficiently. Regardless of neural advantages, it still doesn't foster intelligence. (As in the "nerds" that spend most of their day gaming, but can't solve a simple mathematics problem or know nothing about history, etc).
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12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.
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12/29/2015 7:28:00 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

Lol...as soon as I saw the titlle, i thought "Zaradi"
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12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.
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12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?
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12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.
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12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.
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12/29/2015 7:34:07 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.

Right on

I know that it takes me about a full week of intense playing to get back close to the point that I was at when I was in high school... playing Call of Duty, lol

And now that I haven't really played video games (I don't think flow counts, although I haven't come across one I can't solve in less than eight seconds) in a while, I'm sure my reaction times are slower now than they were then.

(I also drink a lot less red bull now lol)
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12/29/2015 7:35:06 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.

Interesting...

I wear contacts, and I know that when I played for a long time, my vision would get hazy... although I've had weirdness with my eyes for some time
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12/29/2015 7:37:40 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:34:07 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.

Right on

I know that it takes me about a full week of intense playing to get back close to the point that I was at when I was in high school... playing Call of Duty, lol

Playing games is a lot like riding a bike. Takes you a while to figure out what the hell you're doing. Once you do, you get pretty good at it. Set the bike down for a while and, while you don't really forget how to do it, you certainly weren't anywhere near as good as you were when you were actively doing it.

Actually, that analogy resembles pretty much everything....

And now that I haven't really played video games (I don't think flow counts, although I haven't come across one I can't solve in less than eight seconds)

I f*cking love that puzzle game. I haven't played it in a while but I remember sitting in a lot of classes just blowing off lectures trying to get around puzzles. I beat them all and got bored with the time trials.

in a while, I'm sure my reaction times are slower now than they were then.

(I also drink a lot less red bull now lol)

Same, I had to stop with energy drinks because my sleep schedule was just too f*cked to do anything.

I still go to sleep around 4am, but 4am is better than 6 or 7am.
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12/29/2015 7:39:23 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:35:06 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.

Interesting...

It's like the biggest delayed reaction ever. I'll smell it and react and my family will all just look at me like I'm crazy. I'll wait a few minutes, then they'll all react. Downright comical.

I wear contacts, and I know that when I played for a long time, my vision would get hazy... although I've had weirdness with my eyes for some time

Same. I'm trying to talk my parents into getting me a pair of glasses since not every morning do I wake up feeling like sticking my fingers into my eyes, but it's more of just finding the time to go out and get a pair.
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12/29/2015 7:40:22 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
I almost completely lost interest in video games after I stopped being a teenager. I still re-play some of my old ones for nostalgia, but I have zero interest in buying or playing any new ones.
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12/29/2015 7:41:19 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:37:40 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:34:07 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.

Right on

I know that it takes me about a full week of intense playing to get back close to the point that I was at when I was in high school... playing Call of Duty, lol

Playing games is a lot like riding a bike. Takes you a while to figure out what the hell you're doing. Once you do, you get pretty good at it. Set the bike down for a while and, while you don't really forget how to do it, you certainly weren't anywhere near as good as you were when you were actively doing it.

Makes sense

Actually, that analogy resembles pretty much everything....

And now that I haven't really played video games (I don't think flow counts, although I haven't come across one I can't solve in less than eight seconds)

I f*cking love that puzzle game. I haven't played it in a while but I remember sitting in a lot of classes just blowing off lectures trying to get around puzzles. I beat them all and got bored with the time trials.

I literally almost bought an ipad just to do the 14x14s.... lol

I've beaten every level, and they're addictive.

in a while, I'm sure my reaction times are slower now than they were then.

(I also drink a lot less red bull now lol)

Same, I had to stop with energy drinks because my sleep schedule was just too f*cked to do anything.

I still go to sleep around 4am, but 4am is better than 6 or 7am.

I feel ya, and when I was an undergrad I pretty much did the same thing (and I was probably more irresponsible as well, like with drugs and booze and stuff.... so I'm sure you'll turn out ok because if I did then you certainly can ;)
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12/29/2015 7:41:36 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:40:22 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
I almost completely lost interest in video games after I stopped being a teenager. I still re-play some of my old ones for nostalgia, but I have zero interest in buying or playing any new ones.

20 years old. Probably going to buy a PS4 tomorrow or Wednesday.
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12/29/2015 7:41:44 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:40:22 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
I almost completely lost interest in video games after I stopped being a teenager. I still re-play some of my old ones for nostalgia, but I have zero interest in buying or playing any new ones.

I would totally re-play my old james bond games
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12/29/2015 7:42:41 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:41:36 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:40:22 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
I almost completely lost interest in video games after I stopped being a teenager. I still re-play some of my old ones for nostalgia, but I have zero interest in buying or playing any new ones.

20 years old. Probably going to buy a PS4 tomorrow or Wednesday.

Console-peasant.
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12/29/2015 7:44:32 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:41:19 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:37:40 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:34:07 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.

Right on

I know that it takes me about a full week of intense playing to get back close to the point that I was at when I was in high school... playing Call of Duty, lol

Playing games is a lot like riding a bike. Takes you a while to figure out what the hell you're doing. Once you do, you get pretty good at it. Set the bike down for a while and, while you don't really forget how to do it, you certainly weren't anywhere near as good as you were when you were actively doing it.

Makes sense

Actually, that analogy resembles pretty much everything....

And now that I haven't really played video games (I don't think flow counts, although I haven't come across one I can't solve in less than eight seconds)

I f*cking love that puzzle game. I haven't played it in a while but I remember sitting in a lot of classes just blowing off lectures trying to get around puzzles. I beat them all and got bored with the time trials.

I literally almost bought an ipad just to do the 14x14s.... lol


Oh I did those on my iPhone anyway. Dots were so freaking tiny it was hard to actually draw the lines I was wanting to.
I've beaten every level, and they're addictive.

I know, I had to stop myself from buying the bridges version for the longest time. Ended up caving in college but I went through most of highschool without doing those ones.

in a while, I'm sure my reaction times are slower now than they were then.

(I also drink a lot less red bull now lol)

Same, I had to stop with energy drinks because my sleep schedule was just too f*cked to do anything.

I still go to sleep around 4am, but 4am is better than 6 or 7am.

I feel ya, and when I was an undergrad I pretty much did the same thing (and I was probably more irresponsible as well, like with drugs and booze and stuff.... so I'm sure you'll turn out ok because if I did then you certainly can ;)

Haha, I'm hardly a hard drinker, mostly just because I never really had the right friends nor cared to go make the right friends. Also don't see much of the point to just getting wasted. Having wicked bad hangovers for a night you barely remember doesn't sound like the greatest of times to me.

That being said, I fully plan out driving out to College Station and letting my sister and all of her sorority sisters and frat guy friends give me the college kid tour when I turn 21. That'll be fun...
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12/29/2015 7:44:53 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:42:41 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:41:36 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:40:22 AM, RyuuKyuzo wrote:
I almost completely lost interest in video games after I stopped being a teenager. I still re-play some of my old ones for nostalgia, but I have zero interest in buying or playing any new ones.

20 years old. Probably going to buy a PS4 tomorrow or Wednesday.

Console-peasant.

I don't have a job, or I'd be upgrading my sh*t laptop.
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12/29/2015 7:45:22 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:39:23 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:35:06 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.

Interesting...

It's like the biggest delayed reaction ever. I'll smell it and react and my family will all just look at me like I'm crazy. I'll wait a few minutes, then they'll all react. Downright comical.

That's one sensory enhancement I'd have real trouble with... that smell really bothers me.... I remember the last time I was driving up through the mountains of New Hampshire and the smell just wofted everywhere.... it was...

*vomits*

lol

I wear contacts, and I know that when I played for a long time, my vision would get hazy... although I've had weirdness with my eyes for some time

Same. I'm trying to talk my parents into getting me a pair of glasses since not every morning do I wake up feeling like sticking my fingers into my eyes, but it's more of just finding the time to go out and get a pair.

You at least take them out.... i don't. I leave two week lenses in for like three or four weeks at a time. My ophthalmologist and optometrist chew me out for it like every time I go in... lol

I have glasses, but I never wear them... I get dizzy when I do because I'm used to clear vision at all angles, but when it's only glasses, I get totally disoriented.

What's especially dangerous is when I'm driving with my glasses. It feels like vertigo for me...
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12/29/2015 7:47:02 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:45:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:39:23 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:35:06 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.

Interesting...

It's like the biggest delayed reaction ever. I'll smell it and react and my family will all just look at me like I'm crazy. I'll wait a few minutes, then they'll all react. Downright comical.

That's one sensory enhancement I'd have real trouble with... that smell really bothers me.... I remember the last time I was driving up through the mountains of New Hampshire and the smell just wofted everywhere.... it was...

*vomits*

lol

I wear contacts, and I know that when I played for a long time, my vision would get hazy... although I've had weirdness with my eyes for some time

Same. I'm trying to talk my parents into getting me a pair of glasses since not every morning do I wake up feeling like sticking my fingers into my eyes, but it's more of just finding the time to go out and get a pair.

You at least take them out.... i don't. I leave two week lenses in for like three or four weeks at a time. My ophthalmologist and optometrist chew me out for it like every time I go in... lol

Haha, the lenses I have aren't designed to do that. If I leave them in for anything longer than, like, 8 hours at a time my eyes start b*tching at me until I take them out.

I have glasses, but I never wear them... I get dizzy when I do because I'm used to clear vision at all angles, but when it's only glasses, I get totally disoriented.

What's especially dangerous is when I'm driving with my glasses. It feels like vertigo for me...

Yeah, I'm kinda worried about that. But 8AM classes me won't care so long as I don't have to stab my eyes repeatedly at 7 in the morning.
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12/29/2015 7:50:12 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:44:32 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:41:19 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:37:40 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:34:07 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:31:48 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

Definitely. Hardly the best of all possible reaction times, but I can say for sure that my reaction times are by far the fastest out of all my family, outside of immediate family included, and I'm the only gamer. 30-40 people included in that.

Right on

I know that it takes me about a full week of intense playing to get back close to the point that I was at when I was in high school... playing Call of Duty, lol

Playing games is a lot like riding a bike. Takes you a while to figure out what the hell you're doing. Once you do, you get pretty good at it. Set the bike down for a while and, while you don't really forget how to do it, you certainly weren't anywhere near as good as you were when you were actively doing it.

Makes sense

Actually, that analogy resembles pretty much everything....

And now that I haven't really played video games (I don't think flow counts, although I haven't come across one I can't solve in less than eight seconds)

I f*cking love that puzzle game. I haven't played it in a while but I remember sitting in a lot of classes just blowing off lectures trying to get around puzzles. I beat them all and got bored with the time trials.

I literally almost bought an ipad just to do the 14x14s.... lol


Oh I did those on my iPhone anyway. Dots were so freaking tiny it was hard to actually draw the lines I was wanting to.

I tried, but my fingers are too big... I can do them on my iphone 6s though... since the screen is a bit bigger.

I've beaten every level, and they're addictive.

I know, I had to stop myself from buying the bridges version for the longest time. Ended up caving in college but I went through most of highschool without doing those ones.

lol nice

That's really the only game I've ever been like really interested in on my phone... I tried angry birds and some of the others... but they just bored me. But flow... that's a hell of a game.

in a while, I'm sure my reaction times are slower now than they were then.

(I also drink a lot less red bull now lol)

Same, I had to stop with energy drinks because my sleep schedule was just too f*cked to do anything.

I still go to sleep around 4am, but 4am is better than 6 or 7am.

I feel ya, and when I was an undergrad I pretty much did the same thing (and I was probably more irresponsible as well, like with drugs and booze and stuff.... so I'm sure you'll turn out ok because if I did then you certainly can ;)

Haha, I'm hardly a hard drinker, mostly just because I never really had the right friends nor cared to go make the right friends. Also don't see much of the point to just getting wasted. Having wicked bad hangovers for a night you barely remember doesn't sound like the greatest of times to me.

That's really the reason I don't drink much any more... the hangovers are just too much for me these days. My liver (I have learned) due to some medication I had to take when I was in college, doesn't quite work as well as it used too and not only does my body not metabolize booze like it should, but it fails me like every time I drink... so I don't drink, really, ever any more. Only rarely... and then, usually only red wine, gin or beer.

That being said, I fully plan out driving out to College Station and letting my sister and all of her sorority sisters and frat guy friends give me the college kid tour when I turn 21. That'll be fun...

You totally should. It's a rite of passage, and if you were in my part of the world I'd take you out myself that night (and I'd even play wingman... rather than trying to convince you to take your shirt off haha).

(As a side note, gay guys make the best wingmen... they're not going to "steal yo girl" and if they're "bro" type gay guys, they can talk you up better than pretty much anyone else other than another girl.)
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12/29/2015 7:55:13 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/29/2015 7:47:02 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:45:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:39:23 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:35:06 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:33:13 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:30:22 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:29:09 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:26:32 AM, YYW wrote:
At 12/29/2015 7:24:41 AM, Zaradi wrote:
At 12/29/2015 4:20:23 AM, YYW wrote:
http://www.psypost.org...

You dirty Redditer

hehe

I thought i'd share it here, though... thought it was really interesting. I don't buy the idea that gaming addiction is a thing, but the neural changes are fascinating.

I buy that the idea is feasible, but I don't see how you would actually neurologically prove it's a legit thing.

Probably the same way they "prove" that violent video games cause violent behavior... with a lot of post hoc conjecture that masquerades as science.

That said... your reaction times faster than normal?

I'd also say that my hearing is better, my sight is sh*t (staring at screens all day ftl), and probably unrelated but I'm known for my uncanny sense of smell.

Like seriously, on road trips I can smell a skunk three miles before we actually pass it.

Interesting...

It's like the biggest delayed reaction ever. I'll smell it and react and my family will all just look at me like I'm crazy. I'll wait a few minutes, then they'll all react. Downright comical.

That's one sensory enhancement I'd have real trouble with... that smell really bothers me.... I remember the last time I was driving up through the mountains of New Hampshire and the smell just wofted everywhere.... it was...

*vomits*

lol

I wear contacts, and I know that when I played for a long time, my vision would get hazy... although I've had weirdness with my eyes for some time

Same. I'm trying to talk my parents into getting me a pair of glasses since not every morning do I wake up feeling like sticking my fingers into my eyes, but it's more of just finding the time to go out and get a pair.

You at least take them out.... i don't. I leave two week lenses in for like three or four weeks at a time. My ophthalmologist and optometrist chew me out for it like every time I go in... lol

Haha, the lenses I have aren't designed to do that. If I leave them in for anything longer than, like, 8 hours at a time my eyes start b*tching at me until I take them out.

Yeah... mine aren't either, lol (which is why my ophthalmologist bitches me out every time I see him).

It's always suprising to me though how most people don't like leaving their contacts in... for me, my eyes are way more comfortable with my contacts in then with them out. Like, my eyes feel drier and harsher when I take them out then anything else.

I have glasses, but I never wear them... I get dizzy when I do because I'm used to clear vision at all angles, but when it's only glasses, I get totally disoriented.

What's especially dangerous is when I'm driving with my glasses. It feels like vertigo for me...

Yeah, I'm kinda worried about that. But 8AM classes me won't care so long as I don't have to stab my eyes repeatedly at 7 in the morning.

Idk... I know lots of people who drive in glasses fine... but I can't do it. It makes me dizzy and disoriented to do, so I don't do it.

Even though everyone tells me that I look good in glasses (I disagree... they age me like ten years) I just don't like wearing them because, in addition to making me look old, they also make me dizzy.

On the plus side though they are pretty light... and after more than fifteen minutes you sort of forget you're wearing them.