Playing video games excessively can cause ‘automatic thoughts, impulses and behaviour’, such as involuntary movement and verbal outbursts, new research has revealed.
Respondents to the study —carried out by scientists at the Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit — aid that they had experienced brief dissociations and felt urges to perform in-game actions for a short period of time.
What they did
Some gamers reported involuntary movement of fingers and arms while looking for ‘gamepads in the air’, or had unusual reactions to real-life objects, such as ducking at CCTV cameras. Others approached game-associated objects ‘with the intention to shoot them with a non-existing gun’.
While most of the experiences were ‘funny, amusing, or normal’, some gamers felt so embarrassed that they thought it was a ‘reason to quit playing’.