It doesn’t matter if your child plays video games in a console or a portable unit. Extreme gaming will affect his or her life. Video game addiction is as serious a problem as gambling, and it can affect children as young as 8 years old.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to keep your child’s hobby controlled.
Gaming becomes harmful if the child doesn’t want to engage himself in any activity other than gaming. If your child only thinks about the next time he’ll play video games, thinks of ways to play again, neglects other hobbies that are not video games, or refuses to attend social events or engage socially, he’s spending too much time playing video games.
If your child skips meals, or if he doesn’t get enough sleep, all because of video games, his health will be affected. If your child spends more than two hours playing video games, he is at risk for childhood obesity. The University of Texas determined that addiction can result in backaches, eyestrain, or headaches. Your child may also suffer carpal tunnel syndrome.
Your child’s relationships with others may suffer if he spends an excessive time playing video games. Gaming can severely affect your child’s social development if he only talks about games, hides the amount of time he spends playing, and is defensive about his gaming habits.
Games with violent scenarios can make players detached from the concept of violence. According to Richard Gallagher, the director of NYU Child Study Center’s Parenting Institute, gamers who play FPS games can become disconnected from society and susceptible to aggressive tendencies.
Declining Academic Performance
As your child spends more time playing games, his performance in school can be affected. He may not perform to the best of his potential because he’s tired after not getting enough sleep from playing games. He may also have attention span problems, and his test scores may be lower than children who don’t spend excessive time playing video games.