- Copertina flessibile: 199 pagine
- Editore: FEP International (1 agosto 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 193557602X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935576020
- Peso di spedizione: 318 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 ago 2012
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Dr. Doan practices comprehensive ophthalmology and eye pathology and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Doan treats a broad range of eye disorders including eye cancers and tumors. Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Oregon, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Reed College. He completed his MD and PhD degrees at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Doan completed both an Internal Medicine Internship and General Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa. After his ophthalmology training, he completed his fellowship in eye pathology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Doan volunteers as a clinical provider at the Temecula-Murrieta Rescue Mission, serving patients with the help of the team at Eye Associates of Southern California. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University. Dr. Doan teaches medical students and residents, is published in peer-reviewed academic journals, is managing editor for the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, and speaks at national meetings. Dr. Doan has served as Chair for the Young Ophthalmologist committee, Ophthalmic News & Education Network Deputy Editor-in-Chief, and an OPHTHPAC/Congressional Advocacy Committee member for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Doan has served on the Risk Management Committee for the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company. After being freed from his addiction to video games and living by biblical principals, Dr. Doan launched several companies, including a publishing company, www.medrounds.org, www.credentialprotection.com, www.eye-socal.com, and www.vireomd.com to serve the medical community and patients. Dr. Doan is working on his second book with author Marie Hunt, The Biggest 24: Harnessing Your Full Potential In the Digital Age (www.biggest24.com). When not pursuing his career interests, Dr. Doan enjoys spending time with family and serving at Rancho Community Church as a Celebrate Recovery 12-Step Leader for Gaming and Internet Addictions.
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The power of Hooked on Games is based on the very fact that Dr. Doan's poured so much of his own life story into the text. From his beginnings as a Vietnamese growing up as the only Asian in a mostly White area, to how he got into video games in the first place, to how it nearly ruined his marriage, these are all things that ANY video-game addict can identify with. As a child, his mother gave him $10 to spend for lunch while at the mall. He subsequently went and spent all $10 of it (more than 2 hours of work for his mother's 4$/hour wage) on an arcade game. As an adult, Dr. Doan had his son harvesting gold in World of Warcraft and got angry at him when he left his designated area on the map. These types of moments, which Dr. Doan shares with us, are precisely what set this book apart. There are plenty of places to find information, support groups, and twelve-step programs for free online. What sets Hooked on Games apart from the rest is PRECISELY Dr. Doan's story of how he overcame his addiction and of how this addiction affected his goals and almost ruined his family life. The overall message of the story is overwhelmingly positive.
The fact that a physician, a member of a highly-respected profession where reputation is EVERYTHING has humbly admitted to a life of problems related to video games, makes the point strike even closer to home. I myself am a graduate student and have battled with video game addiction my entire life. Dr. Doan cited sources about how gamers will often experience hallucinatory after-images after playing for a long time. When I was growing up, my friend and I played Twisted Metal all afternoon and I couldn't sleep the rest of the night because of the explosions in my brain. Video games have affected my family and personal relationships. In my life I have probably devoted months if not entire years to playing games.
The last thing I wanted to impress upon those thinking of buying this book is that this may be the first book that truly convinces you that you have an addiction to video games. It is SO easy to imagine that video game addicts are your typical low-achieving individuals, people that spend all day in a Korean PC room with no friends whatsoever. The greatest strength of Dr. Doan's story is showing that game addicts are not just high-school dropouts or unmotivated individuals. Addiction can happen to anybody, even the highest-achieving individuals in our society: doctors, CEOs.
Additionally, I really like that Dr. Doan overall argument is not that video games are the Devil and invariably cause addiction, but rather that certain individuals simply cannot play in moderation. There is a big difference there. Frankly, I would not have read more than 20 pages of the text if I had to put up with a holier-than-thou prescriptivist account of how games are the Devil's work. Rather, over the course of the book you FEEL Dr. Doan's enthusiasm for games. You KNOW that he is a gamer, like you. You can even feel his slight nostalgia through his writing about Diablo, Ultima Online, etc. And then he shows you how his addiction negatively impacted his life and threatened his goals.
One last thing: while Dr. Doan does adopt a Christian approach near the end of the book, he is extremely respectful and suggests this option for those who have not found answers through secular means. I find this tasteful in that he does not force his beliefs on the reader.
I have read this book and Cyber Junkie and while I recommend both, Dr. Doan's was the more engaging read in my opinion. Thank you so much for writing this, Dr. Doan.. as an Asian-American, a graduate student, and a video game addict, I really appreciate your hard work and your candor in sharing your life with us. Also thank you for making the book available on Amazon Prime Kindle borrowing.
P.S. - ironically, Dr. Doan's enthusiasm for the games he has played is a double-edged sword. I will warn readers that the book contains many triggers for a wide variety of games.. i.e. things that might make you want to put down the book and go find a Stone of Jordan in Diablo ;). But the engaging prose kept me hooked from beginning to end.
I appreciate that Doan makes it clear that not all gaming is bad or evil, that it can be educational. Not everyone that "games" will become addicted - just as not everyone who enjoys a beer or a glass of wine will become an Alcoholic. However, the world needs to be awakened to the potential dangers of this generations newest form of potential destruction - gaming. This book brings that awareness into full view. As well, it offers a way out for those that do become addicted. Read it to find out! Thank you Andrew and Brooke.