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March 2019 Addicted to Video Games

What is video game addiction?

  • Video game addiction is characterized by excessive or compulsive use of computer games that interferes with a person's everyday life.  

  • There are two major forms of video game addiction single player and multiplayer.

How to tell if your addicted?

  • You think about the game when you’re at school and have trouble concentrating.

  • The game is interfering with your homework.

  • Using the game in increasing amounts.

  • Repeated, unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop game use.

  • Feelings of moodiness, depression, or irritability when attempting to cut down on use.

  • Gaming longer than originally intended.

  • Jeopardized or risked loss of significant relationships.

  • Lying to family members or friends about time spent gaming.

Issues associated with gaming to much?

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Lack of social engagement

  • Problems with concentration and attention

  • Increased aggression or violence

Ways to limit Video Games:

  • Slowly reduce the number of hours you spend playing video games.

  • Set up an allotted amount of time to play you game and limit yourself to that time. You can also tell a family member and ask them to hold you responsible to you set time limits.

  • Focus on other hobbies.

  • Spend time playing only after all your obligations have been met. Make sure you have done all your schoolwork, chores and all other responsibilities.

  • Ask someone to take video games or gaming devices away from you. Give them to a parent, sibling or trusted friend ask them to hold them while you detox.