Internet and Gaming Addiction

By Suzanne On May 6, 2013

I talked to some moms recently who have dealt with a child who was addicted to internet video gaming. This is a serious problem in these families, and impacts relationships within the family and the child's future.

Video games are becoming increasingly complex, detailed, and compelling to a growing international audience of players. With better graphics, more realistic characters, and greater strategic challenges, it's not surprising that some teens would rather play the latest video game than hang out with friends, play sports, or even watch television.

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To understand the addictive quality of the games, you need to understand that a key driver in all of our behaviors is the need to be significant. That is what role-playing games offer, especially to young men, that they may be missing in their offline lives. As a team leader in a game such as World of Warcraft, a guy may experience the thrill of amassing an army of thousands, equipping each member, and putting together a winning strategy. That is significant. At least it is in that fantastic world of online gaming.

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