Video gaming is a newly classified addiction, and it is not widely known or treated. Millions of children are clinically addicted to video games. In fact, some estimates show addiction rates as high as 9% in youth under the age of 18*. Compare that with 5% of children with ADHD. If your child’s gaming is excessive and you’ve noticed a change in personality, your hunches are probably right: there is something addictive going on.
- It is more than psychological.
- Gaming for hours on end every night is unhealthy regardless of grades or extracurriculars.
- It can have longterm effects and ruin someone’s future.
There is a way to treat this.