Gaming and Computer Addiction
Is your child’s computer and video game use hindering their ability to live life?
What is Gaming and Computer Addiction?
Gaming and Computer Addiction is very similar to alcoholism and drug addiction in that addicts of both types are looking to escape from life, and create their own false reality. Like many alcoholics, gaming addicts suffer from some form of social anxiety, and like heroin addicts use heroin, gaming addicts use gaming to enter into a world that is completely under their control.
Gaming and computer addiction can be just as dangerous as drug and alcohol addiction, and Sober College provides a recovery based community for video game and computer addicts.
Not sure if your child is a gaming addict?
According to a Harris Interactive Poll, 8.5% of teens in the United States are psychologically addicted to video games. The symptoms of video game addiction include lower grades, stopping activities once passionate about, lack of sleep due to video games, hiding and lying about how often a person plays video games, and thinking about video games while participating in other activities. On-line Gamers Anonymous (OLGA) is another resource for video game addicts. OLGA uses the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and applies them to video game addiction. There are daily meetings online and via Skype.