Anyone that has ever played a video game knows that video games are very enticing. The environments, bright vivid colors, challenges, and ability to create your own world makes video games an easy seller.
However, too much of a good thing can sometimes be a bad thing. Video games have gotten harder to turn off and developers are making new content daily. There is never a time where video games get redundant or boring anymore. Games like Fortnite are free to download on any game console and are constantly making updates. These types of features keep gamers engaged for hours because they don’t want to miss the latest gadget or level. Gamers are soaking this up to the point that video game addiction is more relevant.
You can notice when someone is addicted to video games because they:
- Don’t have the motivation to do anything else
- Sacrifice time at work or school to play
- Become alienated from friends and family
- Play in secret or lie about how long he or she has been playing
- Increasingly ignore personal hygiene
- Lack hours of sleep
These are red flags that someone might have an addiction. Video game addictions should be taken seriously, because this can lead to physical health effects like carpal tunnel syndrome or experiences with headaches, back aches, and major weight changes.
Acting quickly is a serious matter and seeking outside help may be your best option. Also, another option is to create distractions through strenuous activities like sports or working out. Some gamers use video games as a crutch or an escape for uncomfortable situations in life that they feel are too hard. As a friend or parent, you should not allow the gamer to rely heavily on a game to face their problems and help them learn to cope with the reality of life. While you may be wanting to take extreme action when you offer help, eliminating the games all together may be a bit much. Start by setting a strict schedule that only allows a perfect amount of time for video games. No matter what action you take, just remember that you are not alone.
Talking to someone is always an option, and even though video games sound harmless, addiction is not. Professionals understand that addiction is a serious matter, and they know how to help. If you have a friend, family member, or feel as if you have a game addiction please feel free to contact Exult Healthcare at (469) 714-0006 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Written by: Lauren Thompson, Exult Healthcare