How Video Game Addiction Causes Depression

Video game addiction causes depression similar to every other type of internet addiction – by removing everything that is essential to live a good life.

What Video Game Addiction Removes That Cause Depression

  1. Sleep
  2. Social Interaction
  3. Movement
  4. Nutrition
  5. Mindfulness


Sleeping anything less than what you need to wake up naturally is per definition sleep deprivation. 

The obvious signs of sleep deprivation are:

  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Daytime fatigue

But more subconscious consequences by sleeping less than what you need to wake up naturally are:

  • Memory Issues
  • Trouble with concentration and thinking
  • Mood Changes
  • Depression
  • Accidents
  • Weight gain
  • Low sex drive
  • Risk of diabetes
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Risk of heart disease

Social Interaction

Actually one of the biggest driving factors of internet addiction is the desire to socialize. So all of you parents out there worrying about your children, you should be aware that if you simply remove them from their online environment, you most likely cut all of their closest friends and sense of identity. 

So what we need to do to force ourselves to be able socialize on the internet as well as off the internet. And you can’t just pull the plug. Because you need to fill that void with something else.

Social isolation causes:

  • Depression
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Worsening of a number of health markers


I don’t have to argue that video game addiction causes you to be sedentary. And movement is one of the best preventing factors of depression and bad health.


It has been shown that people with internet addiction reject other aspects of life, such as eating and sleeping, to continue their addiction. Resulting in malnurishment and secondary consequences.


One strong predictor of how good one experience life, is how mindful that person is of his or her own life. Video game addiction tends to result in the opposite.




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