UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of Cocaine

May 24, 2010 -

“Young addicts are skipping meals, playing truant from school and are even stealing money from their parents to buy the latest games.”

This sums up the current state of game addiction in the UK's county of  Lancashire, at least according to an article on the website of the Lancashire Evening Post.

Written with a sense of urgency that was perhaps designed to cast a chilling effect on the reader (but will instead provoke laughs or a disgusted shake of the head from most), the piece centers on the trials of a 15-year old gamer named Jack, who “discarded his friends, neglected his school studies and survived on junk food as he embarked on marathon gaming sessions of up to 48 hours.”

A few quotes from “Jack”:

Playing on my games console was all I wanted to do and it was the first thing I thought of as soon as I woke up. I would play for hours on end without even realizing.

It was like it was a demon that had got inside my brain and I just couldn’t stop. If my parents tried to stop me playing, I would just flip.

An area mom recounted the tale of buying a Call of Duty game for her son and likened it to buying him his first shot of whiskey.

A local counselor (and therapist) named Steve Pope was asked, or offered, his opinions on videogame addiction. He began by stating:

Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces.

Pope also serves as a sports psychologist for the local football (soccer) team Fleetwood Town and claims that team officials, “…ban their players from using any form of console for at least 24 hours before a game.”

Such a ban is needed, according to Pope, because, “Many footballers are playing on hand-held consoles and computer games before a game and this is resulting in a natural high which is causing a chemical imbalance which is leading to them not performing their best on the pitch.”

Pope continued, “The poisoned chalice is being handed down through the generations.”


Thanks (we think) John!


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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Wow! I have been playing on the SNES since I was a little girl along w/my brother playing too. But yet he went off into the Army & has everything going for him & Im going to college & have everything going for me. I don't recall doing drugs in my life at all, especially not coke. He is not a therapist, only a stereotypical idiot.

 

 

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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

This weekend I'm probably going to OD on ModNation Racers.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

If a line of coke is equal to about 2 hours of gaming then cocaine must really be rubbish!

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

If we use the "therapist" math on the kid in that same article we can draw this conclusion..... this fellow is an idiot.

"Jack" said that at times he played 48 hour game marathons so we have that part clear, right.

According to some doctors 1.2 grams of cocaine taken oraly is estimated to be a lethal dose and the average coke user will sniff 0.1 to 0.2 grams per day and that equals to 2-4 lines of coke according to the article.

Now do the math.

48 hours = 24 lines of coke

24 lines of coke = 1.2 grams.

Our friend "Jack" should be dead by now if he played up to 48 hours on a regulas basis. Even if he snorted the coke every two hours that would mean that he snorted more than hallf a gram of coke per day and I doubt he would even survive a second day.

It's funny cause once you crunch the numbers you realize that the so called "therapist" is so full of crap that his eyes got brown during the interview.

Arrticle I used for the math.

http://web4health.info/it/add-cocaine-overdose.htm

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

One gram of cociane per day really wouldn't kill you... cut, pure - either way you'd be fine. A gram really isn't that much.

A kilo a day? Now *that* might just do it.

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The drug doesn't kill you, the heart failure that follows after the dose does. When I was a kid my aunt's former husband OD'ed on coke after a couple of months of usage and apparently he only took about 600mg according to his "friend". The bastard died in the front porch of his house as my aunt called our house cause he was unresponsive. Dad and I arrived to find him dead. I guess there are a lot of variables when it comes to the human body but we cannot rule out the fact that any dose of that garbage is bad for you. And the quack that just said this should be stripped of his credentials and ousted from any medical or mental facility.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Stoped that "UK" and "Therapist".

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

So a shot of coke has the same effects as 2 hours of gameing? *runs math* eh, used games are still cheeper per hour of enjoyment.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Ok, another reason I believe Should happen is get rid of the Moonbats that plague the industry

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

I agree with the comments here that this is kind of a joke.

What worries me though is that there is a segment of the population who already hate video games and will eat this kind of stuff up.  It's this kind of attitude that leads to things like the California law and can do a lot of damage.  Remember, the fuddy-dud elderly folks who don't value video games are the ones in power.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Yeah, but these witch hunts only ever last a few years and they never accomplish much except putting some folks out of a job for a while. That's bad enoigh for the poor sap who's out of work, but in the end, the witch hunters get their comeuppance and the thing they're hunting becomes more accepted and immune from further attempts to denounce it. So I say we just sit back for a few years and enjoy the nuttiness. Afterwards we'll be sitting pretty and we'll be enjoying making even more fun of all those anti-game nutcases.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

My God! I spend like 4 hours a day gaming - that's the equivalent of two lines of cocaine. It's a wonder I can function at all. I need to cut back! Maybe I should dump the games and find a coke dealer who will just supply me with just a line a day.

Honestly, the witch hunt is growing to ludicrous proportions. We're in Reefer Madness territory here.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

I think this guy mistook powdered sugar for cocaine when he was "researching" for this article.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Bullshit.

Kids won't steal to get their next "high" like an addict would unless their parents have done something wrong in raising them. Given the sheer number of consoles in homes, it's safe to say that people like this are the exception, not the rule. And if they're the exception, and they come from a wide variety of at-home situations, perhaps it might serve the psychologists better to check what's causing these kids to need to escape from life in the first place, rather than closing one escape route and forcing them to find another.

Any kid who needs to play videogames all the time has some serious emotional problems which should be addressed. The games are a symptom of bad parenting, not the cause of antisocial behavior.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Is it me or is everyone forgeting a:how to parent, B: dealing with kids and thier bursts of distrative engeries?


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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

The Evening Post has discovered that a growing number of young people in the county are seeking professional help after becoming hooked on the fantasy world of console games.

O RLY ? Gaming "addiction" stories have been running for 30 years, y'know...

Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces.

Then, I suggest to conduct a study where participants are divided in 2 groups : one who plays games for 2 hours, and another one who snorts a line of cocaine. And we'll measure the effects. So much for "experts".

I am the psychotherapist for Fleetwood Town and they ban their players from using any form of console for at least 24 hours before a game.

Whoa, that's news ! For your info, many clubs (in any kind of sports) ban their players from sex before the game starts, and for the very same reason. Does it mean that sex is bad ?

 

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Whoa, that's news ! For your info, many clubs (in any kind of sports) ban their players from sex before the game starts, and for the very same reason. Does it mean that sex is bad ?

But this is about gaming, not sex! This is news! They believe that gaming has the exact same effect as sex! It's absurd!

Re-read it again and just try to think about the concept of gaming having such an effect on the mind and body! It's laughable.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

 I was writing an Essay at university and I was writing about Moral Panics in society and relating them to how moral panics have happened to things like Anime and Computer Games.

This source comes from a book that talks about Pokemon and the chapter goes into allot of the fear of Pokemon from many religious and parental groups who were trying to make Pokemon seem like a danger to youth culture.

 

Joseph Jay Tobin: Pikachu’s Global Adventure: The rise and fall of Pokemon, (2003) Sourced on 24/5/2010
Found in Google Books.
See chapter 6 page 108 to 134 for Panic attacks: Anti Pokemon
Direct Quote from page 109
“The pioneering work from Stanley Cohen (1972), writing about the sence of moral panic in media coverage of youth disturbances in 1960’s Britain, looms large here. Though his analysis, Cohen developed a processual model of deviancy amplification leading to a sence of panic as follows:
(1)    Initial problem.
(2)    Initial solution
(3)    Societal reaction
(4)    Operation of control culture, in particular with the creation of stereotypes
(5)    Increased deviance and polarization, and
(6)    Confirmation of stereotypes.”

 

 It seems that these steps 1 to 6 have been the same thing that has happened especily in the context of Gaming Addiction.

What I would hate to see is when anti-gaming groups try to pull a cartoon like what happened in the late 80's when the anti-drug organisations paid cartoonists to do an anti drug cartoon like Cartoon Allstars to the rescue or something like that, if that happens to Gaming Addiction, then it will not only be a sad day, but it could be something more harmful to the kids who get brainwashed by those messages from those anti-gaming organisations.

What is even more harder, is that people like us will face allot of opposition opinions from society when those stereotypes that they confirm are so negative that they will look at us like we are some sort of evil when in reality we are just normal people.

 

 

TBoneTony

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

What I would hate to see is when anti-gaming groups try to pull a cartoon like what happened in the late 80's when the anti-drug organisations paid cartoonists to do an anti drug cartoon like Cartoon Allstars to the rescue or something like that, if that happens to Gaming Addiction, then it will not only be a sad day, but it could be something more harmful to the kids who get brainwashed by those messages from those anti-gaming organisations.

If it turns out to be the same quality as the Cartoon Allstars drug programme, I think we'll be fine:
http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/49-drug-cartoon-special

The article is at least bordering on tabloid moral panic frenzy. I've certainly seen worse, but it is pathetic in certain regards. I do find it interesting that one of the lecturers quoted said that there needs to be a balance and parents need to implement rules - rather than the journalist leaving this out and instead leaving parents to despair.

While, honestly, without wanting to seem biased, I don't trust that they phrased their question about the issue to the UK IEA. Several psychologists, one addicted gamer, one mum and one industry group? That's not enough for the ridiculous conclusions made in the article.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

A++ article, would read again.

For laughs.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

First of all, the picture for this article is absolutely perfect.

As for this therapist

"Such a ban is needed, according to Pope, because, “Many footballers are playing on hand-held consoles and computer games before a game and this is resulting in a natural high which is causing a chemical imbalance which is leading to them not performing their best on the pitch.”

 

Well, maybe they don't even want to effing be there, or get sick of being bored stupid while waiting to be in.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

This therapist is a bunch of horsedumb! He must be a conspiracy theorist. I been playing games since I was 2 years old, I'm still moving, I'm not paranoid, I graduated from school, drawing, all of the above that this jerkoff will get from getting a hard on.

What we got here is failure to communicate!

What we got here is failure to communicate!

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Hey, guys. This group of guys at the mall gave me a great deal on this RDR stuff. It's soooooo good. Just don't play to much or your going to get a bit paranoi-DID YOU HEAR THAT!!!!! THEY'RE COMING FOR ME, MAN!!! *jumps out 3rd story window*

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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Sounds like they have some pretty weak-ass cocaine in the UK.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

It's powdered DVD-roms.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Really?  Well maybe cocaine isn't so bad after all.  I should give it a try!

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Gee I wonder what recovered cokeheads would have to say about this comparison. Methinks they'd have some very harsh words.

Me, I say that's one of the dumbest things I ever heard. My mind just cannot wrap itself around such magnitude of stupid.

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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Wow, it's like he's making a conscious effort to ruin his reputation and credibilty. Good joob, future unemployed jackass.

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Awesome.

Today I'm going to do a few lines of WoW.

Maybe shoot up some Civilization IV.

Probably pop a couple of Sudoku pills.

Might finish the evening with a quiet reefer of Emperor.

 

AC2 isn't giving me the same buzz it did before, guess I need some better stuff.

 

(Yes, my game choices are odd)

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Not even a DS card can fit in your nostril. 

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

Strange.  I've been playing games since I was a preschooler and my life is quite a bit different than that of a lifelong cokehead.  Have I been doing it wrong all these years?

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

i must be doing this wrong too, cause i was on my dads atari before i could fully walk and all my bills are paid on time, i've rarely ever made a late payment. I own my own car, have an apt thats decently furnished and clean, as well as several other hobbies aside from my gaming.

not to mention a full time job, tons of OT and a great credit score for it all.... oh and 4+ years military time, honorable discharge (end of service) with good conduct and multiple commendations...

damn, crack heads have it good! maybe its only jock minded meat heads that can't cope with gaming?

you know, the ones who's entire game lineup is the past 5 years worth of Madden games on the Xbox, and only recently learned about CoDMW2, and as a result have fowler mouths than the littler kids and sailors (like me!) that are playing

Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

"Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces."

It's cheaper and healthier too!

 

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Re: UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming Equals a Line of ...

There isn´t a meme that can describe this level of failure. That man doesn´t deserve to be called a therapist or even a councelor.

 

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