Video Games Addiction

Massive multi-online role-playing games (or MMORPGs) that are predominant in the market with on-line capability as well as portability are causes of addiction.

Symptoms of addiction

· Mental or behavioral or medical

· Endless hours are spent on the computer or playing video games

· Not submitting homework on-time

· Sudden drop in grades

· Lying about computer or video game use

· Always seem irritated

· Not interested in parties or functions

· Headaches or migraines

· Dry eyes or red eyes

· Irregular eating habits

What makes the games addictive?

· The High Score: This hypothetical high score makes the game playing kids go for an unknown chase that leads to hours of time spent.

· Levels: Game levels make you to go crazy about winning and in a nutshell sticking to your chair for hours

· Role-Playing: The roles that can be invariably changed based on high scores and levels make the game more interesting, complex and time consuming leading to addiction

· Discovery: As soon as the game starts, in some games you will be continuously discovering mode so it really takes too much time for exploring and hence the addiction.

· Relationships: building community of players with relationships makes it a hang-out place for hours.

Ratings: - Please pay special attention for these ratings.

· EC (Early Childhood): Ages 3 +

· E (Everyone): Ages 6 +

· EVERYONE 10+: Ages 10 + with mild language

· T (Teen): Ages 13 + Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

· M (Mature) and AO (Adults Only): Ages 18+

Games to Avoid (all rated M)

· Assassin's Creed

· Call of Duty 4

· Manhunt 2

· Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles

Action Plan to control and avoid addiction

Sign-up your children for interactive sports or robotics or activities where they physically get involved.

Engage in family activities: Instead of a weekend party, as a family, go for a ball game where children get goodies as treats and enjoy the games.

Sign-up for summer programs or winter programs - make sure you sign-up for the programs where they interact with other kids.

Finally, change parents’ own behavior of addiction to cell phones, internet, WhatsApp and be a role model.

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