Video game addiction is an impulse control disorder that is similar to gambling addiction. The excessive and compulsive game playing impacts negatively on the player’s life on a day to day basis. Anyone who has experienced it knows all too well, video game addiction is real. People of all ages, especially teens and pre-teens, are facing very real, sometimes severe consequences. Most kids play video games and enjoy them and it’s just one of the things they enjoy doing. But for 1 out of 10 kids, it is a problem.
While many parents would like to think their kids are addicted to video games, not everyone who plays a lot of video games is actually addicted. Furthermore, not only teenagers are active players of video games. A big chunk of the percentage include adults who are over 30 years old. Addiction can be diagnosed after some characteristics become apparent. Some of these traits include:
Be aware of the effects of a video game compulsion to keep your child’s hobby in check. He shouldn’t be getting anymore than two hours of screen time per day and this includes time playing games, watching television and surfing the Internet, according to HealthyChildren.org
To keep the amount of time spent gaming under control, try these tips for adults and kids alike:
It may help to start by asking yourself a few questions: Does your video gaming get in the way of other important things in your life, like your relationships, your job, or going to school? Do you feel like you’ve crossed the line between loving to playing and having to play? Might you be using gaming to avoid a deeper problem, like depression?
It can be hard to see a problem in yourself. The amount of time you spend gaming might seem fine to you. But if people close to you say it’s too much, it might be time to think about cutting back. If you’re a parent who’s concerned about the amount of time your child spends gaming, look at how well he or she is doing at school and with friends. Having good grades and a good relationship with parents are signs that a child’s video gaming is unlikely to be a problem.
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