The Worrying Realm of Gaming Addiction

The Worrying Realm of Gaming Addiction

Gaming addiction is on the rise, especially among adolescents. The difficulty in dealing with this growing concern is that adolescents suffering from such an affliction are often identified when the problem is already very complex and they have started missing school to feed their addiction. This highlights the important role parents play in preventing the problem from reaching the point of no return. Signs to look out for There are several warning signs of gaming addiction of which parents should be aware of. Adolescents with internet gaming disorder show classic signs of addiction, for instance: ·      they become preoccupied with gaming ·      they lie about their gaming use ·      they lose interest in other activities having been socially active in the past ·      they withdraw from friends and family ·      they have difficulty communicating with others ·      they use gaming as a means of procrastination or escaping difficult tasks ahead, like exams. How to help One way of helping adolescents escape the clutches of gaming addiction is to provide alternative venues of social connection organised specifically to address their social skills and communication competence. Internet-addicted adolescents need to feel that they are not alone in their situation. Bringing them together and coaching them through various social skills could help them develop friendships with peers who have similar interests. These young adults need a lot of support throughout the process since often they retreated to the online world following failed attempts at social interaction in real life. Gaming is often a form of escapism and therefore parents and professionals should consider the underlying issues that have pushed the adolescents in...