A UK therapist has made a pretty bold statement by saying two hours of gaming equals doing a line of coke. Steve Pope, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, has made the the conclusion that gaming is becoming a drug for youths, and is growing at an alarming rate.
Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces. It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity.
Now don’t get him wrong, video games can become a problem for kids, but is it as bad as hard drugs like cocaine? He is not saying games are the new devil and that they should be gotten rid of — but they need to be moderated, like everything else in today’s world. People need to take breaks, step away from the TV and do some other activities.
That being said, I think he could have compared it to something else besides cocaine — I don’t see video games being anywhere as bad as that. Yes, people have gotten killed over video games, but I think the number of crimes from drugs out weighs games by a large margin.