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Good At Gaming Not Saving

Gaming generated USD 179 billion in 2020, making it more valuable than movies or sports. Gamers spend an average of 8 hours per week playing video games but another set of statistics show that more than half of all Americans are living on the edge, with no savings, even while being financially literate.

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Gamification Of Money Apps

It is 2021, and there is an app for everything. Now companies are trying new and innovative ways to hook millions to their app.

Many app makers, like those in FinTech(Financial Technology), are trying to boost the performance, engagement levels and ‘stickiness’ of the app by using gamification, where elements of video games are added to the app to make it feel thrilling and slightly addictive to the ‘player’.

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Gamification works on our motivational levels, satisfying our psychological needs, and providing us with a sense of reward.

The brain goes in a ‘neurologic immersion’ state where we crave more ‘variable rewards’ that are unpredictable, emotionally charged and engaging.

Example: Scratching a virtual scratch card after making a payment and winning a small cashback releases feel-good neurotransmitters inside the brain, like oxytocin and dopamine.

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  • App makers are infusing game mechanics and game experiences with their products to add a level of thrill and instant gratification(with variable rewards) and make the experience similar to a slot machine.
  • This helps increase engagement levels and people can save money while enjoying a game-like thrill.

Social media, fitness, education, crowdfunding, employee training and even social credit systems now deploy gamification enhancements to lure more and more people.

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The lottery is a USD 70 billion industry.

Financial and banking apps use this interest for the lottery and incorporate small ‘games’ inside their apps that encourage customers to make automatic investments and win prizes without hurting their principal amount.

Though there is an amount of addiction associated with gamification, the concept is a positive implementation of an otherwise negative trait found in normal people: The thrill of gambling.

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One of the biggest mistakes we make when we realize we have an addiction is to try to drop the vice entirely. However, that does not go very well. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, up to 90% of alcoholics will have at least one relapse during the first four years after they get sober. Unlike video games, alcohol creates a biological addiction. However, video game addiction statistics are somewhat similar. More research needs to be done to estimate how often gamers relapse.

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A new disorder

The World Health Organization officially added a new disorder to the section on substance use and addictive behaviors : gaming disorder

A gaming disorder is defined as an overly and uncontainable preoccupation with video games — the obsession results in significant personal, social, academic or occupational impairment for at least 12 months.

However,  the idea that someone can be addicted to a behavior, as opposed to a substance, remains contentious.

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Sympathy and Empathy

Video games had a reputation of being emotionally numbing and brain rotting, but this recent trend towards narrative-centric gaming is now developing a player’s sense of sympathy and empathy.

Game designers are now starting to explore and incorporate the emotional elements that exist in other forms of media, the most important element being narrative. 

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