everything seems to be an addiction these days, so I don't pay too much attention to the word itself. For me it's all about balance (and as the ancient Greeks said: Pan Metron Ariston, or "everything in moderation"). People can get sucked into any activity (games, internet, work, watching tv, and the list goes on). I think we need to train ourselves and our kids to be able to snap out of whatever we are doing when appropriate. Just like sitting and reading books all day isn't healthy, sitting and playing games all day is not healthy :)
I was about to add a thread on this very same matter. When I started my year 9/10 ICT elective class on games based learning, the first question one of my 16 year old girls asked when I asked them to try a game out for me, was "Is it addictive?". I was a little taken aback with this comment from a student as I had expected it to come from a teacher or administrator and asked her why she asked that. She replied "that once she starts a game, she often cannot stop playing it and will do so for hours on end, until she feels she has done well at it". What should I have said? Have you had similar questions posed by students? We do have one boy in our school who is seriously addicted to simple gaming and has had to seek professional help. I must say that this is one real concern that I have.
Is it possible to change additions to addictions, please? I was about to add a thread on this when fortunately, this heading caught my eye and on reading the replies realised it was the very same topic that I was interested in discussing. Others may miss it and I know that this is an important issue for many. Thanks