Teenager play online game at mobile phone at home. Addiction concept

Video games are a wonderful hobby. You get to enter a world of fantasy where there exist no limits whatsoever. It is a hobby that entails the best form of escapism that might exist in this world. That’s exactly why so many people have supported this since its inception back in the ’90s. Fast forward twenty years later, now we have a large catalog of games to play from – it’s really one of the best times to be a part of the gaming industry. However, escapism does come with its own set of disadvantages.

When any form of media is consumed in a moderate amount, nothing happens. Overdosing on the same media means that people fall prey to quite a few vices unexpectedly. This is exactly what addiction is, and the bad thing is – no one knows until they have fallen victim to its fatal surprise. Like any addiction, it destroys one from within, and the symptoms are felt by everyone nearby. Ever seen your kid drop an entire generation’s worth of savings to get some virtual cosmetics for his/her character in a video game? Ever seen a person lose their life by staying up playing video games all day in a café? Both of these are examples of extreme addiction that weren’t solved. Extreme cases often require therapy – the best therapy possible, and BetterHelp can help you in such cases.

Parents have a very important role in this regard. It might feel rude, but more often than not, gaming addiction is a result of the kid not getting enough time from their parents. A kid finds solace in video games when they often cannot get enough attention from his/her friends, teachers, or parents. Escapism often means jumping into a different dimension itself – often to the extent where the lines between the real world and the virtual world are blurred. The first step is to identify whether your kid has a problem or not. Symptoms are often seen in addictive behavior, including spending more time with video games than with anything else. The next step is to identify the reason behind such behavior and try to come up with a solution for it – spending more time with him/her if necessary. 

There’s no reason to be scared of addiction and swallow everything the mainstream media tells you. Peer pressure works well to force down opinions down unsuspecting parents without any knowledge about the industry. But it wouldn’t hurt to be a little aware – or a lot, if that helps.

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