Video Game Addiction: What to Watch Out For
Symptom: Teen spends many hours in front of the computer
This is the most classic sign of gaming addiction. A teen spends the majority of his free time indoors on the computer, only taking breaks for snacks and the bathroom. This behavior is commonly known as "grinding" and "farming," and typically lasts several hours to an entire evening. In the most extreme cases, it may lead to an out-of-control 24 hour gaming binge.
It is highly recommend that a teens bedroom be absent of all forms of electronic devices: personal computers, printers, video game console systems, television sets, cellular telephones, clock-radios, battery recharger’s, and calculators.
Encourage your teen to be more active outdoors. Take necessary steps to arrange activities for them: schedule play dates after school, a party at your home, or even sign up your teen for an after school sport or activity.
Symptom: Poor school grades
A typical report card of a gamer:
Never assume drugs or otherwise is responsible for your teens poor academic performance. Video game addiction should not be underestimated. It is a problematic epidemic plaguing students worldwide.
Symptom: Role Playing
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) are a digital escape for those emotionally unattached to their surroundings and others. It is a place of gathering in a virtual reality world, home to millions of socially inept and outcast individuals. These fantasy world's provide a false sense of security where one can journey freely without feeling discouraged by the harsh realities of their real life.
MMORPG's severely affects a persons mental and physical well being: increased anxiety and irritability, argumentative, paranoia, sudden gain or loss in appetite and weight, "raiding" behavior, impaired judgment, sadness and depression, loss of interest in appearance, and sleeplessness.
MMORPG's are the most addictive genre of video games and are developed around that concept. Developers and publishers take advantage of its addictive quality’s to profit on hefty monthly service charges and costly expansion packs. We caution parents to never hand out credit card information and check for suspicious monthly charges.