2009 study, nearly 1 in 10 gamers aged 8-18 are addicted to video games. “The pathological gamers in the study played video games 24 hours per week, about twice as much as non-pathological gamers. They also were more likely to have video game systems in their bedrooms, reported having more trouble paying attention in school, received poorer grades in school, had more health problems, were more likely to feel “addicted,” and even stole to support their habit.
If you’re worried about your child’s gaming, here are a few resources that can help:
On-Line Gamers Anonymous
Center for Internet Addiction Recovery
(reported by Rhonda Callow, Is your kid addicted to video games?)
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