What makes a video game addicting? Good games draw us in because they are designed to satisfy the basic psychological needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness with immediacy, consistency, and density. In real life, we want to feel challenged, connected, purposeful, powerful, successful, accomplished and important and we want it now. We’re able to achieve those feelings through video games. That doesn’t mean you should enter The Matrix. Before you know it, you haven’t showered or slept in 3 weeks. Here are 5 signs you’re addicted:
Article was authored by Scott Rigby and Richard M. Ryan, authors of Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound and edited by COED Staff.
Scott Rigby PhD, is founder and president of Immersyve, Inc., a research and consulting group specializing in the psychology of virtual worlds and interactive technologies. In addition to publishing scholarly research on human motivation, Dr. Rigby has himself developed interactive applications for entertainment (Sony, Warner Brothers), education (The Smithsonian Institute), and health care.
Richard M. Ryan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. He is cofounder of the Self-Determination Theory and has published well over 300 scholarly articles in the areas of human motivation, personality development, and applied psychology.