Why is it harder for kids to get rid of a game addiction.
When trying to quit gaming the most important part it to replace the gaming activity with real-life activities.
For an adult person to do this is much easier than for kids because the adult has some kind of base knowledge about the world, about activities. The adult had activities before he or she became addicted to games. Maybe the adult had friends he or she spend a lot of time with, maybe he or she used to go to a coffee-shop, maybe some sports activity or belonged to a club. The activities were there before he or she became addicted to games. In general, the adult knows themselves quite good and the adult had the opportunity to test out tons of things in their lives so they have it much easier because of their life experience, they have activities to fall back on when trying to quit gaming.
The kid, however, has a bigger problem because the kid knows nothing about the world or activities.
Let's say the kid started gaming when he or she was 10 years old
Now, what does a 10-year-old know about the world or themselves?
Well, nothing. The 10-year-old has nothing to fall back on when trying to quit gaming except maybe participating in social media. And knowing how the social media community works, where everyone just cares about themselves because everyone wants to be the star of the day and only care the likes and comments they get and no one else. Maybe it's the wrong platform to go to when trying to replace gaming.
This is a catastrophe for the kid because he or she has nothing to fall back on, no knowledge of activities, no life experience, no activity experience, never tested anything in life.
To make this comparison even more clear
This would be similar to a 10-year old that got into a coma for 20 years and woke up when he or she is 30.
What do you tell a person like that?
This 30 years old knows nothing about the world, the system and has no life experience. Would we with a straight face tell this 30-year-old to just go and manage his or her activities?
No! Of course not. For the same reason, we cant put this burden on the 10-year-old game addict, because he or she doesn't know any better.
Unfortunately, the solution isn't easy because to get the 10-year-old game addict interested in other things requires a lot of time and money from the parent.
The parent needs to take the 10- year-old game addict out and test new activities to expand the knowledge and let the 10-year-old see that there are other things in the world that he or she might enjoy more than gaming. This is something the adult game addict has fewer problems with because he or she already knows a lot about the world and activities and usually know themselves well enough to know what fun, whats interesting, where to put spend all the extra time and energy on.
The problem with the 10-year-old is that all the time and money it requires to get that 10-year-old game addict to expand his or her views isn't there. With today's very stressful society parents don't have the time or energy or maybe even money to do all this.
They would need to take the 10-year-out to try different activities. Maybe ice hockey. That is quite, and the equipment costs a lot.
Maybe take him or her to a theme park. That's time-consuming and costs some money.
Maybe let the 10-year-old girl try riding horses. That's time-consuming and from what I understand, costs a lot.
The list is enormous of things that are both time-consuming and costs a lot and add to this parents work a lot, and don't really have the time. The result is that it's much harder to help young game addicts that have no knowledge about activities, the world and themselves to quit gaming.
And on top of that. The easiest and cheapest thing there is out there as an activity that costs about $10 per month is, online gaming
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