The first 4 signs of game addiction

The first four signs of game addiction

 

The first signs to discover is someone you know is a game addict can be hard because game addiction is something very well integrated into our society. You don't need to go far to see it. Go to a coffee-hop and see parents give their kids smartphones and tablets letting them play with apps instead of having a real present conversation.

 

Read more about how lazy parents lead to game addiction.

 

Game addiction is very well accepted in our society because its easier to give a teen a game and let him or her sit and play games on Friday and Saturday evenings instead of letting them out risking all dangerous things that apply to teens like drugs, alcohol. But how to discover when someone is getting addicted to games until its too late.

 

1. Look for pattern changes. How did the game addicts activities look like before he or she started to spend time gaming?

 

Write down the activities and estimated time spend on those activities before gaming.

 

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Write down the activities and estimated time spend on those activities after gaming.

 

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2. Did the suspected game addict had some certain set of routines that have been interrupted or changed?

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For example.

The game addict spends time in the gym 3 times per week.

The game addict spends time with friends every Friday and Saturday evening.

Now the game addict only goes to the gym once every 2 weeks and never goes out with his or her friend but spends time at the computer that time.

 

3 Look for pattern mood changes.

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99% of the time, the game addict thinks of the game even when out of it.

The game addict is thinking of the game constantly, planning things the game addict will do in the game the next time he or she will play it.

 

This is similar to being in love. When we are in love, all we think of is the person we are in love with and its close to impossible to have a conversation with us when we are in love. We do not have anyone s attention and its hard to have any whatsoever conversation with us because we are not present, we are somewhere else.

 

The same goes for game addicted people. We can not have a conversation with them because they are somewhere else, they are not present. All they think is of the things they need to do in their game.

 

If we interrupt a game addicts thought pattern, they tend to get aggressive, maybe depressive but most definitely, not present

 

Try to remember how the game addict suspect had his or her mood before the gaming.

 

How easy or pleasant was it to have a conversation with the game addict suspect?

Did he or she loose mood often?

 

Does he or she get more aggressive before the suspected game addiction?

 

Does he or she give you less attention before the suspected game addiction?

 

Does he or she tone down things like ”this in real life task is not so important” as before the suspected game addiction?

 

4. Look for lowering standards.

 

A game addict wants to spend most of the time gaming. This by default leads to lowering the standards of all other activities, in order to spend more time gaming.

Example of this:

Not going to the gym anymore.

Decreased activity in personal hygiene.

Spending less quality time with family.

Changing future plans like the suspect wanted to study something, but changed it to something simpler.

Did the suspected game addict lower his or her standards?

 

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