According to the results of a survey conducted nationwide, 1 out of every 12 kids shows signs of gaming addiction. However as per the American Psychiatric Association, there is no such thing as game addiction, though this does not mean it is a false condition. Ask anyone who has experienced it. They can surely tell you that it’s very real!
Playing games occasionally is harmless, but the habit of ignoring real life activities, family fun and other forms of amusement for the sake of playing games is not. This indicates compulsive behavior that is a major sign of addiction where gamers tempted to escape reality become so wrapped up in their games that they tend to forget everything else around them. And whenever they are deprived of their chance to play, they are likely to display annoyance, depression or even violence.
If your teens are constantly on their phones and tablets playing video games there is a high chance they might be a gaming addict. This happens more often than you think.
What if your kids spend too much time gaming?
Their grades fall and they are more irritable, upset, and experiencing anxiety if they cannot connect. Observe them while playing the game and you will see them glued to their devices, not even getting up to go to the bathroom. In the most extreme cases, teens can play games non-stop for up to 20 hours. Hence, they tend to become estranged from their environment. In fact, many of the teenagers who have gone through game addiction usually don’t eat dinner with their family.
How to prevent game addiction
It must be said, however, that we should not be alarmed. Every afternoon playing around will not make your child become an addict. However, you do have to know that it usually happens to people with low self-esteem and even some emotional difficulty and that you can help to avoid these addictions.
There are many self-help ways you can use to reduce this addiction in teens. The key role in this task is family. One tip is to install the cell phone monitoring app on their devices to keep track of their device usage and to control the screen time. With any advanced app such as FamilyTime you can:
⦁ View all the apps installed on your kids’ phone.
⦁ Check the app usage frequency to see the time spent on each app.
⦁ Blacklist any app you want.
⦁ Track web-history and most visited web pages.
⦁ Monitor bookmarks and favorites.
⦁ Schedule screen locks for specific time intervals.
⦁ Reduce their screen time by remotely locking their phone.
It is also advisable to agree with your children on how long they will be connected and know what they play. Teach them how to make good use of technology and games and prevent them from playing alone.
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