Video Game Addiction Can Ruin Your Children’s Future

Video Game Addiction Can Ruin Your Children's FutureThe video game industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and its consequences, namely in the form of video game addiction, are becoming more and more prevalent. Increasing numbers of young people are spending hours playing online games, and this is contributing to a derailing culture, values and productivity amongst kids.

Action for Children, a charity organization that supports productivity amongst children, says that the problem of the children playing online games has become even more severe than many traditional issues such as not doing homework or eating unhealthy food.

Surely gaming can help children with boosting their confidence and immense satisfaction can be derived, but gaming is dangerously addictive. These days, kids have diminishing time and interests for studying, socializing and physical activity.

The gaming industry denies any social responsibility, but new brands continuously cashing in on growing demand, putting vulnerable children at risk. This is very important for parents to be wary of, because even though video game addiction may not necessarily be institutionally classified as a problem like drug and alcohol addiction, the nature of all addictions is pathological.

Cases of children acting out in acts of panic, mania and severe withdrawal-like episodes are widespread. There have even been documented cases of kids contemplating suicide after even short durations of being denied their games.

Gaming addiction symptoms are both emotional and physical.

  • Feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play
  • Preoccupation with thoughts of previous online activity or anticipation of the next online session
  • Lying to about the amount of time spent playing
  • Isolation from others in order to spend more time gaming
  • Fatigue
  • Migraines due to intense concentration or eye strain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by the overuse of a controller or computer mouse
  • Poor personal hygiene.

Gaming addiction can morph into an affliction that has plagues the sufferer’s health, familial relationships and can even stunt adult life. Gaming out of hand is a serious issue that requires parental attention, vigilance, supervision.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

If you suspect that your loved one is suffering from addiction, then take our free 3 minute assessment.


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