Video games can be a lot of fun, and playing them with friends is one of the best ways to hang out in the digital age. But video game addiction is a very real thing. You might not think it’s possible, but people can get so addicted to video games that they stop having interests, hobbies, and relationships outside of the ones they have inside their console. And while you may think that’s just an exaggeration or an overstatement? It’s not. In these modern times there are many people who have had their lives taken over by online gaming addictions—here’s what you need to know about this issue, plus how to prevent it from happening to you:
The signs of game addiction include:
- A lack of sleep.
- A lack of hygiene.
- A lack of social interaction.
- A lack of physical activity and exercise.
Other signs that you may have a problem with gaming include:
- Lack of nutrition due to excessive sitting; this can lead to obesity, which can cause health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure levels in adulthood if left untreated!
How to manage the addiction
The first step to managing your game addiction is to get help if you need it. If you are concerned that your gaming habits may be problematic, there are resources available to help. In the US, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for information about treatment centers where counselors can help you manage your gaming addiction and any accompanying mental health issues. In Canada, call 1-888-NAMI-7 days a week from 6am-2am EST or visit their website for more information about how to get help with an addiction.
If you want to manage your game usage alone, here are some tips:
- Be aware of how much time you spend playing games each day. When we play a lot of games at once, we may not notice how much time has passed since we started playing until it’s too late! Try setting limits on when and where you play so that it becomes easier for yourself to stop when necessary. For example: Do not play while driving or while watching TV with family members who don’t like video games at all! These kinds of social situations might make it harder for us because they distract us from our goals (ease up on those game sessions!).
Checking in with yourself on what you really need
- If you’re feeling like your game-playing is taking over your life, it might be time for a check-in. Ask yourself:
- What do I really need?
- How can I meet those needs in a healthier way?
There are lots of ways that games can help us, but the best ones are the ones that make us feel good—and not bad. Games need to be balanced with other things in life so that we don’t get caught up in them and forget about what matters most. If you find yourself not getting enough sleep or spending less time with friends and family because of gaming, it might be time to take a break or try something new.
Understanding how to manage game addiction can help you find a healthy balance for your life
Understanding how to manage game addiction can help you find a healthy balance for your life. While it’s important to understand the signs of game addiction, it’s also important to understand how and why people become addicted in the first place. Some of these factors include:
- Setting boundaries
- Setting limits on gaming time and money spent on games (set daily or weekly limits)
- You might need help from a therapist or coach if you feel like your gaming habits are out of control
If you’re not sure what your relationship with gaming is like, you can always start by paying attention to how it’s affecting your life, and making a conscious decision about what you want to change. The first step is awareness; knowing that there might be a problem, and deciding that you want to do something about it. If you feel like this might be the case for you, we also want to stress again how important it is to seek help from your doctor. They can refer you to professional resources that will support your recovery. And if not? That’s okay too! As long as you understand how gaming affects your life—and what kind of effects are positive or negative—we hope that these tips have helped you find a healthy way to play games.