The Doc Talk Show – Episode 30 – How to Predict Video Game Addiction

The Doc Talk Show – Episode 30 – How to Predict Video Game Addiction


Hello friends my name is Dr Anuneet Sabharwal
you’re watching my channel DocSab
today we are discussing about how to prevent video game addiction
Video games were actually invented to help you relax mentally and
physically
video games definitly have various positive effects and benefits
it is proven in studies as well
that educational video games actually helps cheldren to gain concentration
The video games that are fast paced, develops reflexes for kids
some video games, with strategy games develops analytic sklls
and overall hand-eye
coordination, dexterity fine motor movements
skills like these also get better by regularly playing video games
but nowadays you must be learning from the news that children get addicted to video games
they are unable to leave video games and day long just sit there
now before we talk about how to prevent video games addiction, we need to understand how this addiction happens
so addiction is actually a dependence on a substance or
a behavior now addiction has some characteristic hallmark signs
that are found in video game addiction, among them are
withdrawal, physical and psychological
Tolerance, meaning they are unable to get that high and
due which increasingly they indulge more on the same activity with higher intensity and frequency
persistent neglect of other activities
now like your kids are addicted to video games
so in thier life whatever the alternative activities they have
they start to ignore all of them
they try to stop but are unable to
now why are children more prone to video game addiction
video games actually becomes an outlet for kids to vent out frustration
even they have life issues similar to adults
to deal with them, they require social conditioning
they need to spend time with people
need to take guidance from their parents
video games becomes a kind of a frustration outlet
like if the video game is violant, they vent out the frustration if they have any problem with anyone
second thing they have conrtols in their hands
there is no one to answer back
so while playing video games
they feel the
like they’re in control of their lives
this is another problem with video games
because they make the person prone to addiction
and lastly video games have such vibrant colors out there
and some have rewards as well
like in every video game if you clear the stages, you are rewarded with some points so that reward
itself becomes an addicting factor. So
let’s discuss
how you can prevent your kids from video games addiction
observe your child for a week
just observe for week that for how long does your child plays video games
weather he’s playing a lot
and is playing on that level that he is unable to concentrate on any school work
and is hampering their overall social life
whatever video games you buy for your kids
always be careful and keep a tab on what kind of
games they bring, see originally video
games were meant for children but nowadays
video games are for adults as well, some
games are sexually specific or
are very violent and these video games aren’t suitable for kids
so you need to understand that your kids are getting age appropriate games
and they are playing age appropriate games or not
Make a set of rules and establish a schedule
the kid must be aware that he has to play the games in the dedicated time slot
he cannot play more that the given time slot
and if they play, then they must face the consequences
always make your child understand your expectations
and also the consequences of not meeting
those expectations
the kid must be aware about the rules established at home need to be followed
and if they aren’t followed, what can be its consequences
and sometimes unfortunately you need to punish your child
but it can be a simple punishment
that you take away their favorite video game if they are getting more involved
that if they will play more than the allowed time, their video game will be taken away
Propose alternatives and engage them with those alternatives
you let the child know
that if they go out, meet people or play sports or spend their time in a different manner
due to which their overall productivity increases
in that whether they can enjoy or not, you need to provide that exposure to them
the minute you’ll give that exposure, your child will automatically understand that even these things are enjoyable
and can devote their time in that as well
and lastly you can try yourself by playing video games with your kids
it is essential because
it will tell you what is the actual emotional and behavioral impact of video games
that whether your child is calm while playing video games
or does your kid becomes aggressive
or your kids bad impulsive nature comes forward while playing video games
or your child is always irritated and anxious in the overall enviroment
you’ll learn about all these factors if you play video games along with your child
and you’ll also understant that how video games are impacting you
So that’s all for today
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