In the News...
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Carlos Diaz, from WTHR Channel 13 News and discuss 'video game addiction'. Carlos is awesome and we had a great time filming the story!
Here are three of the four segments that aired. Here are some key points from the interview:
-The World Health Organization has declared video game addiction a disorder, however the American Psychiatric Association has not classified it as a formal diagnosis.
-There is neurological research that shows similar changes in the brain between video gaming and addictive substances.
-There is a difference between passionate engagement and pathological gaming. Pathological gaming may be a symptom of an underlying problem.
-Video games are designed to be addictive. Multiplayer games are especially addictive because there is no end.
-Work backwards when setting limits. Start with how much time it will take to complete homework, family activities, sports, chores, dinner, and then see how much time is left for video gaming.
-Look for warning signs that passionate engagement may be turning pathological. There are physical and emotional warning signs.
-Always check with your family physician or a mental health provider if you have significant concerns about you or your child's welfare.