In recent days the computer games addiction is now rampant and greatly rising due to the enormous rise in the popularity and affordability of computer games and equipment. Added to the aforementioned facts, high speed internet connections and the reliability of these connections mean that internet gaming can be played continuously without loss of connection and this can also contribute significantly to the addiction. It is increasingly more common that online games players are spending more time in front of their computer, building their virtual characters and environments to higher levels thus competing with other online players. This computer games addiction is a way for the person to escape from their regular life in the real world.
Often, fantasy overcomes reality.We, as parents of these teens, or even young children, often find it a struggle to find methods that will return our child to a normal life. This is because treating computer games addiction is not like treating other addictions because you cannot, usually, completely remove the computer from their lives. Schools, internet cafes and their friends are all areas where the source of their addiction can be found - the computer. In extreme cases, this can work with young children; however, with teens or adults, it is not really an option because they can usually acquire a computer themselves.
Is My Kid Addicted to Gaming?
There are several ways to determine if the person is suffering from computer games addiction. The first, and most significant warning sign, is if they are spending upwards of 6 hours a day in front of their computer playing games. Any changes in personality, for instance, irritability, burst of anger, social withdrawal. These are usually good indicators that computer games addiction is taking hold. The treatment of this addiction must begin immediately as soon as the warning signs are noticed.
Tips to Combat Addiction
It may simply be that the computer game addict loses all track of time when playing his or her games. You can combat this sign of computer games addiction by placing a simple timer close to their computer. Have it set for a set amount of time (usually, two hours is a good start). Suggest to the addict that once the timer goes off they should take a breather and do something else. Suggest that a walk in the sunshine and fresh air will clear their head and thoughts.