Are Your Kids Addicted To Video Games?

June 27, 2007

3788732059.jpgAny form of addiction from food to video games can be “life threatening”. You have heard stories of a kid having lost his life after losing a game online. And when the American Medical Association started to voice out specific concern to include Video Game Addiction as a disease means…it’s now becoming a problem!

According to the AMA council, “up to 90 percent of American youngsters play video games and as many as 15 percent of them – more than 5 million kids – may be addicted.”  Likewise, it further noted that: “dependence-like behaviors are more likely in children who start playing video games at younger ages.”

According to the Associated Press release:

Overuse most often occurs with online role-playing games involving multiple players, the report says. Blizzard Entertainment’s teen-rated, monster-killing World of Warcraft is among the most popular. A company spokesman declined to comment on whether the games can cause addiction.

The telltale signs are ominous: teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars. The culprit isn’t alcohol or drugs. It’s video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully addictive as heroin, some doctors contend.

So guys…beware.  Check your kids before it’s too late and before it becomes an Addiction!

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6 Responses to “Are Your Kids Addicted To Video Games?”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    I completely believe this is so. You hear stories similar to what you mentioned and am concerned this will reallyaffect my kids too. This is a wake up call to all u s parents!

  2. Diana Says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that children as well as adult are addicted to video games. I’d like to focus my response on the children who are addicted. They start very young these day-often in the steps of an older sibling. I call it “monkey see, monkey do”. I have no children of my own, but as an aunt, and an outside observer I watched 3 intelligent boys ages 7, 10, and 13 succumb to the “video game”. Right now these games don’t have violence. Their parents do not permit these games-now. In brief, I must provide you with a backgroud from their upbringing. Their father travels over 50% of the year for 1-2 weeks at a time. It has been like this since Day 1. He likes to bring back the latest gadget he finds in Asia and as a result each boy has at least 2 gameboys. Considering the surplus, they throw a tantrum if they find me tyring to play one of them. I see their father has not yet had the discussion about supplly and demand with them. If NONE of the 6 gameboys are in use, then a person, such as a 30 year old should be able to use it without having it turn into a cry baby drama from a boy who is 10 years of age.

    Next on the list. For some reason those damn xboxes, Wiis, PSIIs….lord knows what….show up again so quickly after being “removed”. Let me just tell you—confiscating these devices can lead to a hysterical drama by all 3 boys: door slamming, screaming, name calling, floor kicking. You are usually ready for Child Endangerment Service to be at your door in know time.

    When these children must stop playing, and ultimatum is given. “Put the games away now. You have 2 minutes”. 5 minutes later they are still engrossed. They choose to hear nothing and still complain that they have to stop and God forbid eat Thanksgiving dinner that my my mother, their grandmother slaved all day cooking. Usually one of them says he doesn’t want what is served. Another looks like his pet rock just died and he’s lost his appetite…munches the food around to look like its eaten and comes back in 5 minutes to get dessert. Somehow, he always gets it, too. How my sister does the math in her brain, I have no clue. The eldest will wolf his food down so fast to be excused and then when he leaves the table he leaves a terrible mess, taking not one plate to the kitchen to show any respect for the meal that was given to him. Finally, they return faster than speeding bullets to their game and the fighting begins over things I care not know, because I’m sure they are stupid such as: “He took my controller”. I think to myself: Yeah…..but while you’re in bed I’m going to not only the controller, but every last game cube, exbox PS station and game….dump it in the nearest body of water and film it for you to see i the morning. Hate me forever, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m a good aunt, but they feel entitled for some reason.

    Their father travels a lot. He was adopted and I think his parents thout that he shit gold because he sure acts like it. He feels entitled and now his sons do. My sister can’t get through and also has a hard time following through because her husband doesn’t back her at tmes like this. It’s as if he ignnores there is a problem and might even bring back a game to “surpise them”. You don’t see them for the next 2 days. the 10 year old doesn’t even know ohw to to ties his own shoes for crying out loud.

    Otherwise, their family is well off. The husband takes care, go brings in the money, but my sister is expected to tend to him after his long trip. For dinner, she asks her sons what they wasnt to eat. Wierd stuff like carrots and dip and some bread. 3-4 different meals often times with complaints it just doesn’t taste good and they want to be excused. I’m sorry, but if I could something for the family and 1) not asking them what they feel like for dinner and 2) cooking 1 meal and if you don’t like it-tough. Go to bed hungry.

    The minute the leave in the morning all they can talk about is playing again when they get home. I think it is completely abnormal for a 12 year old boy to cry because his video games were taken away. 12 years old????

    I know kids have wild imaginations, but the need to play or else the world will crumble is a little hard for me to accept. I see fault from the father who makes his sons feel entitled in many ways and faults in my sister beacuse she can’t stick to threat and has lost her balls when it comes to telling her slave, I mean husband to support her on issues such as this.

    I have video games. I’ve played them. Fun…Whoohoo, but there’s more to life. There’s a lot of denial of the problem and false hope that it will “take care of itself”, but I don’t see this happening. I see 3 self-centered young men who come from well-to-do families but are by no means entitled to playing at all. I don’t even think it should be returned to them for good behavior or for earning “points” I think they need to learn about losing something you care about….and realizing its not coming back, and that might shock their little asses into reality more.

  3. Doc Gerry Says:

    Thanks for sharing this story and your input is indeed valuable to our readers. I cant agree more.

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