Gaming Addiction in Children and Poor Social Behavior
What to know about a video game addiction?
Video game addiction is compulsive or irrepressible use of video games, in a way that induces problems in other areas of the person's life.
Often considered a form of computer addiction, videogame addiction or internet addiction has been a raising concern for parents as video games have become more commonplace and are often targeted at children. Video games include computer games, console games, arcade machine games, and even cellphone, PDA, and advanced calculator games. Some people are concerned about the long-term effects of videogame playing, especially on children.
Children who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive, get involved in fights and not be interested in school, says a new study. It examined the effects of various types of games and the time spent on social and academic behaviour of children.
The addictions of video games are similar to other addictions in terms of the time spent playing, the strong emotional attachment to the activity and the patterns of social difficulties experienced by addicts. Like other addictions, gaming addicts are concerned about gambling and disrupt families and other areas of life, such as school. The younger that children begin playing video games, the more likely they are to develop dependence-like behaviours.
The lack of social interaction resulting from obsessive gaming can have social consequences over the long term. A dependent teenager will not develop effective social skills, which will prevent him from developing and maintaining healthy relationships at college and beyond.
Emotional Symptoms of Video Game Addiction:
· Feelings of uneasiness and/or irritability when unable to play
· Preoccupancy of thoughts with previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session
· Lying to friends or family members regarding the amount of time spent on playing
· Closing off from others in order to spend more time on gaming
Physical Symptoms of Video Game Addiction:
· Migraines due to intense concentration
· Carpal tunnel syndrome induced by the overutilisation of a controller or computer mouse
· Poor personal hygiene
· Depression and Video Game Addiction
· Two recent studies have shown an alarming correlation between addiction to video games and depression. If you have both conditions, it is important to seek assistance in a treatment facility that can deal with both problems. If you try to treat the addiction to video games without treating the underlying depression, it is more likely to recur.
Getting Help for Video Game Addiction:
Recovery is not always easy, but it is accomplishable. Video game addiction can be just as severe as any other addiction and should be treated as such. The first step in overcoming addiction is being able to recognize that it exists.
Video game addiction treatment is similar to treatment for other types of behavioural addiction. Counselling and behaviour modification are two of the most important components of a compulsive game rehabilitation programme. Individual counselling helps compulsive players deal with their behaviour and motivates them to work to reduce their compulsions to play. Family therapy helps compulsive gamers deal with family problems that can contribute to addiction. The aim of these therapy sessions is to help the gamer cope with addiction and engage in positive activities.
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