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In recent years, our changing technological culture has resulted in a serious digital game addiction problem among teenagers. This type of cyber gaming can be carried out in game arcades, in front of the computer, or through gaming consoles connected to the television. This addiction is best described as an impulse control disorder involving an uncontrolled use of digital games. Your teenager may experience symptoms such as excessive game-play, a continuance in playing despite its negative effects, a loss of interest in other hobbies, and psychological deprivation when unable to play.
Since gaming is often deemed socially acceptable and addiction is commonly associated with drug and alcohol abuse, parents underestimate the potential for their teen to develop this addiction. Gaming stimulates the brain’s reward centers, which triggers the same high as someone with substance abuse issues may experience. A study in 2017 found that symptoms of problematic gaming behavior were directly related to certain physical, social, and psychological health outcomes. Teenagers who show unhealthy gaming behavior may also experience elevated health risks later in life. If your teen would rather engage in digital gaming than socialize with friends, exercise, or even eat, he or she may need treatment.
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