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Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction Paperback – August 1, 2012
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Excellent engaging story about overcoming an addiction and what damage it had done to himself and family. Great story of how his problem turned his life around through his own strength and with help from his God. - Ron, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®
Very sincere and open about his failings... sincere in his desire to communicate the depth and spread of this pernicious addiction.. Now we need to think how to undo it and make real life rewarding. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®
Probably the most educated, intelligent and realistic about current society speaker I have heard in years! Maybe EVER - and this comes from a retired educator. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®
This was amazing. I never knew all of this. I suspected it! I've been a school teacher for 50 plus years so you know I am interested. Thanks so much and God bless you. - Dora Lou, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®
I found it extremely helpful to hear his story since I know someone who is extremely addicted to gaming and refuses to leave his room for more than the restroom. Dr. Doan's lecture helped me understand the addiction more and be more attentive to this struggle in society. - Danielle, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®
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I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. If you find my book helpful, please pass it on to someone else who may benefit from my message. Please support my mission in educating the world about the lure and dangers of video game and Internet addiction by sharing my book on Facebook, Twitter, and providing a book review on Amazon.com and other online retailers. - Andrew Doan, MD, PhD
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The author relates his own experiences with gaming and it would be a great read for anyone that may be at risk of a gaming addiction or someone who might already have one. He goes in depth to describe the games, terms that just about any hardcore gamer knows and the draw of why these can become a problem for some.
This book was written from the heart by Dr. Doan M.D., who has an extensive experience with video gaming, stemming from his childhood up until his late 30's early 40's. He gives you an individualized account, tying his seemingly less-than stellar childhood experience with family, peers, society and coupling this with his early introduction to video games that led to his hardcore addiction later on life. While expressing his emotional experience he also backs up his claims with scientific evidence. He mentions the "skinner experiment" many times which was a study conducted on rats that has become a lore in the psychiatric/neurological field. This cyclic addiction for dopamine/pleasure in the brain is what manufactures a life long dependency for things that stimulate the human senses.
I enjoyed this read, it was quick and he managed to get the information out without the hassle of making it overtly wordy. He truly wants to help people. I was not a big fan of the religious overtones for his solution's section, but hey that was his methodology of overcoming the addiction. but even with that this is a unique book because we have here a long time hardcore gamer that has spilled his guts for the world to hear how damaging video games can truly be on one's psyche and well-being.
This is by far the best book I have read about the subject so far. Most likely since Doan is a doctor, but also have first hand experience with 20 000 hours of gameplay during 9 years (on average 6 hours/day for 9 years....). This guy knows his stuff which other doctors truly don't.
He mentions Philip Zimbardo, but I believe he truly does not share his opinion in many aspects. I believe this is true and that Zimbardo oversimplifies things or try to find answers in the wrong directions. Games are a new subject in the world of psychology and right now it is not psychologists who are the experts, but rather skilled professionals in general who has got first hand experience.
Another honorable mention would be Tom Bissel's Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter - even if this book is not truly about addiction, but really one man's journey through the world of video games and how they, in a way, saved his life.
It will take a long time before this new type of addiction will be acknowledged as truth - just like the case of alcoholism and gamble addiction. How come psychologists work so slowly?!
Anyway... the book is also easy to read, but above all it's got many insightful points.
I highly recommend it