I guess I start by saying that I’m against drug taking… and don’t do drugs. Now that is out of the way, according to Steve Pope, a counsellor and therapist who lives in Garstang, England, we don’t need to do drugs anyway. We can just play computer games.
In another one of those “Oh No” computer-games-ate-my-baby articles in the Lancashire Evening Post, he claims that two hours of gaming produces the same high as taking a line of cocaine.
A lot of young people get themselves into a situation where they use video games as an escape from the world and they get hooked on the release of adrenaline it gives. 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.
This of course naturally makes me wonder what two hours of gaming on cocaine would be like…
But in all seriousness, I’ve been gaming all my life, and to those parents who are worried that their children are addicted to gaming, I can give you this simple advice. You don’t need to pay a shrink to tell you how to resolve a child’s “addiction”. You just need to stop them playing, send them outside to get some fresh air and hope they don’t start taking cocaine instead.