• K.C. Dreisbach, LMFT

Your Child & Video Game Addiction

I'm subscribed to all kinds of psychological newsletters. I absolutely love it because it's a way to stay up-to-date on all the newest information in the "psych world." Last week, a newsletter contained an article about Video Game Addiction. I was incredibly intrigued because this is a topic that has come up frequently among the therapists I supervise. They've all had families come into the therapy room because of teens who seem to be addicted to video games!

What about you? Do you ever feel concerned about your child and video games? What about your child and their use of electronics?

I have noticed an increase in children (even babies) being exposed to tablets and cellphones on a regular basis. More disturbing to me is the family that goes out to dinner and EVERYONE is using a phone, tablet, or those new Ziosks at the table.

Have you noticed that? Next time you go out to eat, take a moment to look around and notice. Better yet, next time you are at dinner, take a look and see what YOU and YOUR family are doing. I'd be willing to bet that at least one of you (if not all of you) are using electronics.

This article isn't to blame or shame you. We are all guilty of this behavior at least some of the time. I know I've been guilty of this too! That's why it's important to draw attention to it, so that we can be aware of our behavior and make efforts to change for the better.