Does Video Gaming Addiction Pose a Threat to Student Success?

September 13, 2019

Matthew Ogunsemi ’21


It has been a topic of conversation that video game addiction poses as a serious issue to SSM students and have negative impacts on students academic, social, and mental progress. We sat down with School Counselor Mr. Robert Gutwein ’95  and interviewed him on his perspective.

Mr. Gutwein said,“ There is a certain percentage of students that are to be affected somehow by gaming addiction. In theory,  it’s going to be more boys than girls.”

We also asked him what is normal amount of time is to play video games and he says, “It depends what’s going in your life. You would have to ask yourself if gaming is taking time away from doing your homework or are we trying to do homework but want to play video games instead? At that point, we should consider managing time, where it doesn’t conflict with other important things.”

We also sat down with Vincent Baldassano ’21, who shared his perspective on video games. We asked him if he truly believes he is a video game addict and he answered, “ To be honest, not really. I love to play them and at times more than I should, but if I need to get something done, I put the games down.”

Vincent also explains how at a younger age he thinks he was addicted to video games. He said it affected him to a point where he couldn’t leave the house at times and caused his grades to go down drastically. He said as time passed, he learned to adapt better to changes and stopped playing video games too frequently.

It then comes down to how video game addiction can be resolved and methods to avoid playing them. Mr Gutwein says, “ You have to start talking about reducing the game time until its manageable. It really comes to creating limits and staying to those limits and following your schedule.”

Vincent also explained in his interview, “What I did is I tried to replace video games with a whole other thing and at the time I was really into hockey. So, I tried to switch my passion for video games and maneuvered it into hockey and just gave it effort.”

Ultimately, it’s all about self-discipline. Both Mr. Gutwein and Vincent have explained it’s all about identifying that you have a problem and working into shifting that problem the other way for your own benefit. It helps students to focus on a much more beneficial aspect of life and not one that will delay the progress of more important chapters of their teenage years.