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What are some signs your child is engaging in uncontrolled or unreasonable use of video or computer games?

Some signs your child is engaging in pathological use of video games include:

  • Skipping household chores to play video games
  • Skipping homework to play video games
  • Playing video games as a way to escape from reality
  • Performing poorly on tests due to time devoted to playing
  • Less face-to-face time with family and friends in favor of spending time playing
  • Abandonment of hobbies, sports, and other activities in favor of spending time playing

Source: www.actagainstviolence.org; Grusser, S.M., Thalemann, R. & Griffiths, M.D. (2007). Excessive computer game Playing: Evidence for addiction and aggression? Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 10, 280-292; Wood, R.T.A., Griffiths, M.D. & Parke, A. (2007). Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 10, 45-56.