According to an article this week by Donna St. George in the Washington Post, a recent study finds some kids are addicted to video games. The study "concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some skimping on homework, lying about how much they play and struggling, without success, when they try to cut back." And aren't those some of the symptoms of an "addiction"?
The article continues: "In what is described as the first nationally representative study in the United States on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction."
There's a lot more to determining whether a behavior is evidence of an addiction. And, experts have differing opinions about how kids interact with their video games. However, it makes sense to at least look at whether "addictive" behavior is showing up in YOUR kids' behavioral repertoire.
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