Just One More Hour...

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Its 4:00 a.m. and you’re walking to the refrigerator for another Mountain Dew to help you stay awake. With the mountain dew in your hand, you proceed back to your computer desk, to continue playing World of Warcraft for a few more hours because you have a late start day at work. It’s now 7:30, and your alarm is going off to wake you for work. The noise startles you and jolts you back into reality. Realizing what’s going on, you decide to call in into work and take a vacation day because you’re so close to completing that achievement you have been working on all night. “That’s the third one this month” your boss tells you. You make up some lie and tell him you have to get going. Back to the game, when you get there you tell yourself, “Just a few more hours and I’m going to get off and get some rest.” You’re in the zone when the phone rings, another jolt from reality. It’s your buddy and it is now 6:00 p.m. and you still haven’t slept. He wants to know if you want to hang out, go get a bite to eat, or maybe have a few beers at the bar. You tell him you’re not feeling well and you don’t feel like going out. He’s doesn’t say anything, but he knows you’re playing that game and says, “Alright man, well get better.” Back to the game once more to continue your goal. This is the life of an Online Video Game addict. Relationships between friends, family, and lovers start to degrade. The job you once had has now turned into an Unemployment check. Massive Multiplayer Online games, or MMO, have taken a serious spot on the addiction scale. For a lot of people, it is an outreach to a world that isn’t their own, allowing them to be in a fantasy world, where they can be who or whatever they want. Being able to act the way they normally wouldn’t be able to act IRL (in real life). That freedom of expression and the non-judgmental society of the virtual world becomes an addiction.…...

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