Eddie Hinkle


Gaming as an Addiction

Playing video games can have both positive and negative influences on the people that play video games. Some benefits of playing video games include increased hand-eye coordination as the player has to link finger and hand movements with what they are seeing on the screen, and increased mental dexterity.

Some negative aspects of playing video games are that time spent on video games can quickly get out of hand, potentially interfering with more productive activities such as work, school and other social or learning activities.

Addiction can take form in many different ways, alcohol, gambling, sex, and of course, gaming. “Gaming addiction exhibits the same symptoms as other impulse-control disorders” (Dale & Lewis, 2017, p. 494). Some indications that you are addicted to gaming is usual addictive behaviors: lying, lack of attention, sleep issues, etc. Video games are seen to be highly addictive among men, based on the satisfaction hormones that are active during game play (Dale & Lewis, 2017, p. 495).

When considering how a Christian should deal with technology, there are two principles that can be considered. The first focuses on the Christian as an individual. In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul explains to the church in Corinth that for a Christian, while “Everything is permissible”, “not everything is beneficial” (1 Cor 6:12 CSB). In essence, just because a Christian can do something, doesn’t mean they should do something. Paul encourages the Christian to “not be mastered by anything” (1 Cor 6:12 CSB). This means if a Christian is at the risk of becoming addicted to video games, while video games are permissible a Christian that is susceptible to addiction should be careful and exercise caution when considering playing video games.

The other concept is when considering other Christians. In the book of Romans, Paul explains that when considering their actions a Christian should always consider how their actions affect their fellow Christians. “Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister” (Rom 14:13 CSB). This means if playing video games might cause issues for a fellow Christian then they should reconsider playing video games.

This means if the Christian does not have addictive tendencies toward video games and no other fellow Christians in their lives would be negatively affected by their playing of video games, then it is a fun activity that can be engaged with caution.


Dale, N. & Lewis, J. (2016). Computer Science Illuminated, 6th Edition. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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