Internet Trolling

What is internet trolling? Stated by Jennifer Golbeck Ph.D, “An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved. Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response” (Golbeck, 2014). Internet trolling is seen on social media site such as Facebook and Twitter. Trolling has also be used on Youtube but it has really taken off on Xbox Live and Playstation’s internet servers. Sometimes the people who are trolling are individuals who have something going on in their lives or most often they are just some dude being jerk and causing drama. Sometimes the things that are said or done to get taken to extreme levels. Such as Quentin Hardy stated in his article, How Gaming Helped Launch the Attack of the Internet Trolls. Hardy mentioned,”In 2015, a feminist critic of stereotypes in video games received online threats of rape and death” (Hardy, 2016). It just shows you how far some are willing to go.

Personally, I’m not cool with trolling especially over the internet. I think it stupid and pathetic. I do understand that anyone who s trolling has the freedom of speech and what not but I guess those individuals feel the need to put someone down while hiding behind a keyboard. I do feel that trolling and online gamers has exploded in the past 5 to 7 years. Whether it be sending hate mail after a match, spawn killing or simply targeting the same player or even hacking someone’s account. I just feel that it is wrong, not chill and wasting  someone’s time by being a jerk.

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Online Gaming Addiction

Online gaming is one of the most popular activities to do that has exploded because you the internet. Adults and kids are able to go on their computers and/or game consoles, login to their personal accounts via wifi or through a wired connection. Through connecting to the internet, players are given the ability to join online servers to compete against  or team up with other online gamers to accomplish goals and win the game and/or match. Such games with popular online capabilities are Call of Duty, Battlefield, NBA 2K16, Halo and many more. What we don’t see is that online gaming can affect a person mentally and physically causing an addiction to online gaming.

The addiction can be started based on the game itself. The companies that are making these games and adding the online feature know that they have to make something that will bring gamers back, wanting more each time after playing the respected game. Within the these games, user will find a mode or certain activity within the game that they are drawn to based on the challenge and/or getting the highest score. While being subjected to online gaming from a mental stand point, user will tend to lose interest in hanging out with family or fiends and isolate themselves so they can game more or when they are logged off, gamers sometime start to thing and anticipate the next time they login and think about what game they might or want to play and begin strategizing on how they can win. The affects that are felt from a physical stand point are fatigue (known as “burnt out”). Some users end up cramping or getting carpal tunnel in their hands, headaches or they simply have bad hygiene because they don’t want to leave their screens to shower.

As someone who likes to play video games especially online. I 100% believe that video game addiction is a real thing but it affects me more when it has to do with being online. I know that there are times when I’m itching to get back on Battlefield so I can dominate on conquest or run courts on NBA 2K. I find myself anticipating the next time getting on and will consistently think about it all throughout the day. Whenever I get burnt out from gaming online, I get really bad migraines and my day is usually over. I don’t think that online gaming is a bad thing but it can become bad when you are doing it too much keeping you from experiencing the world that is outside your room.

Escaping video game addiction: Cam Adair at TEDxBoulder

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