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Online gaming - am I being bullied?
Online gaming is lots of fun most of the time, but sometimes ...
Most online games are designed to keep you hooked or might meet some needs that you’re not getting in real life. Some things games do to keep you hooked or meet your needs include:
Rewarding you for playing
Helping you to relax or have fun
Connecting you to a community
Making you feel part of a team
Helping you cope with problems
Giving you a sense of belonging
Creating a unique identity or profile
Helping you dull emotional or physical pain
Giving you a sense of achievement or success
Providing you with a purpose or goals to work towards
Giving you an escape from stress or issues in your life
Creating an environment where you feel safe and in control
Giving you the thrill of being in a fantasy world or a part of a complex story
Allowing in-game purchases to keep you online or to give you an advantage so you keep playing
Some signs that your gaming might become a problem are:
Playing even though you’re no longer enjoying it
Not being able to quit or play less, even when you want to
Needing to spend more and more time playing to feel good
Continuing to play even though it’s causing you problems
Having problems at school, home or work because of your gaming
Feeling unable to focus on other activities when you’re not gaming
Using gaming to forget or cope with problems or negative feelings
Lying to people close to you about how much time you spend playing
Feeling sad, angry, moody, anxious or irritable when you can’t play
Having problems or arguments with family, friends, or your partner
Thinking about gaming all the time, even when you’re not playing
Having lost friends, a job or a school opportunity because of gaming
Losing interest or not wanting to do other things that you used to enjoy or like
Craving more time to play to get game items, make progress or improve your status
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