I have been recently playing Final Fantasy XI online for many numbers of hours. Its the best game so far and addicting! However, i have been thinking about this for a while... Playing online games are great for social and community. Due to the fact that people are in different places far away from you, Does it ever make you feel isolated? I know i have a couple of good buds but im always addicted to FFXI or other online games, not spenting much time with my buds (i know its my choice) So is it true that online gaming can ruin your friendships and isolate you?
Anything can isolate, if taken too seriously.
No. Games are fun, and in my view the longer they keep you away from your friends and family the better, if it's addictive good. However unlike drugs, eventually you'll start to spend less and less time on the game. You'll just have quick bursts and then your attention will move onto other games Plus if you have msn messanger, you can stay in touch and play your games, while at your comp. My advice is not to worry, If you are really worried about this go to www.askfrank.com/videogameaddiction, seriosuly. Chill, enjoy your game, and put a do not disturb sign on your door. :D
Games dont isolate people. Just because I hacent gone out for more than 5 minutes in natural light for the past 3 weeks does not prove your point. Well, its not entirely like that, I do go out, mostly at night though, and I see my friends a lot since some of them have cars and trucks. I stay in touch with them a lot with MSN and such, but its not the same.
of course games isolate people, they are very addicting and for some people you would rather walk 2 feet to have a ton of fun then go over to your friends house to have fun.
17th June 2002
I don't think it's particularly healthy for people to sit at their computer for their entire life playing games, their only contact through MSN or a forum. I don't particularly like spending hours staring at the screen, but it's part of the job I'm afraid.
Especially not people who are still at school. My cousin is like that, and he's a nervous wreck near anybody he doesn't know, probably as a result of not really being in contact with anyone for very long. How he is going to get through a job interview is beyond me. You should strike up a balance between your outside world life and your gaming life. They can both be fun!
Im at school, and the good thing about it [the only thing mind] is that you keep your social life, everyday you see your friends. im off at the moment. And all I have really done is play on the PC. And I do hate going into crowds [I blame broadband, I nether used to spend this much time on my PC], and tbh the last friends I have made in the past past year have been online. My othwer friends I have known for so long. And Im not in any clubs or anything so, if I do make another friend it is online. But I have lots of friends in real life. And the main reason I play games for so long, is it's escapism and stress relieving. I'm really struggling to get across my point here. But as long as you have friends, you have made in real life. it dosen't matter what you use to stay in touch with them. Since my school is in another town. It is hard ot just nip round to see them, it has to be arranged. So it is a blessing that msn messanger came about, and as much as people hatre micrososft, msn was a work of pure genius. I know there was IRC etc. But masn messanger brought it to the mainstream. So as long as you have friends. Who cares how you stay in touch?
17th June 2002
Live on a desert island for ten years without speaking, and see how easily it comes back to you when you finally meet someone. As extreme an example as that is, speaking is something you should practice. Not just vocalisation, but the body movements, interacting etc. I was once like a lot of you back in the middle of high school, but if you work on it you find it a lot easier to have a larf with people.
Thats so true Mr.Matt, It can mess up your social skills and stuff... But at least we have school for real-life socials... School is a good thing for friendships and girlfriends, Like i usually do: I go to school and get along with people and then go home and play Final Fantasy XI and then go to bed... its better that way, But like you said Mr. Matt Its not really healthy to stay on the computer or watch TV for a long period of time, But there are millions of people who have jobs like that... I believe in the future, we will be evolved with/into computers, after the nature and animals are destroyed, the world would be a big city.
its not the games that cause isolation its the fear of natural light that builds up after gaming for a while...