Video Game Addiction Resources for Parents and Loved Ones

Struggling with a loved one addicted to video games? Find articles, videos, how-to guides, and the latest research below. For a step-by-step process to reclaim your loved one from gaming, purchase our practical action guide: Reclaim.

People of all ages play video games for many different reasons. Video games serve a purpose and everyone plays for a reason. Identifying your motivation to play can be helpful to maintain moderation or shift your desire to other activities.

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ADHD affects millions of families all over the world. In fact, 1 in 10 children between 5-17 years old gets diagnosed with the condition. It leaves parents struggling, not fully understanding how to cope with the disorder, especially because so little has been known about it for so long. Fortunately, we know a lot more […]

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Gamers are no longer people who only play video games, and they spend just as much time, if not more, watching other gamers play on websites like Twitch and YouTube. This speaks not only to the underlying reasons why people love video games, but how they are managing to turn their passion into a legitimate career.

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The hallmark of addiction is the inability to keep everything back under control.

In my quest to get control of my addictions, I did a lot of soul searching.

I had to learn about the underlying causes of addiction. I had to figure out why I couldn’t control my drinking or why I needed to visit a pornography site every time I sat at my computer. What I learned not only helped me get control of my situation, but it also helped me better understand and help other addicts.

Addiction is a complex disease. No matter what you’re addicted to and what the outcome of it is, addiction is rooted in something deeper.

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Last week, Kyle Giersdorf AKA Bugha won a record-breaking $3 million in the Fortnite World Cup.

It wasn’t without its issues, as Kyle’s parents have stated they tried to take his games away from him because he was playing too much. Sounds like a familiar story, right?

Now, how many kids out there are going to be telling their parents that they want to become the next Fortnite world champion? How many are going to use it as an excuse to justify their excessive gaming?

Esports undoubtedly has its positives, and at Game Quitters we’re not against it at all. However, there is definitely an ugly side to the sport.

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GTA Online recently added a casino for their players, exposing millions of players (and kids) to gambling. In this article we detail the problems this causes and why simulated gambling should be under greater scrutiny of gambling laws.

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For me, Reddit was almost worse than being addicted to video games. I’d spend hours scrolling through the front page looking at memes, gifs, reading countless life pro tips, and even watching porn.

The sooner you can address the reasons why you’re starting to browse Reddit, the sooner you can start developing more healthy habits. It’s something that will benefit in the future far more than you realize. Here’s our step-by-step guide to stop wasting time on Reddit.

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Before addictive games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, we had PlayerUnknowns Battleground. After its release in 2017 PUBG quickly became by far, the most popular game in the world. Two years later and it still remains a powerhouse in the gaming world.

The game isn’t showing any signs of losing its player base, and PUBG addiction is as widespread now as it has ever been.

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Google announced its new games streaming service, Google Stadia, which is set to launch later this year. Stadia will allow users to play their favourite games with little more than an internet connection and a controller. They believe it will be the future of gaming. So as a parent what should you know about it to keep gaming safe?

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PUBG addiction is almost an epidemic in India. With 222 million active gamers worldwide, India is one of the top five mobile gaming markets in the world, and the government has had to step in to try and turn PUBG addiction around, instituting bans and even arresting gamers who continue to play. Here’s the latest on what’s been happening in India.

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The idea of deleting your Steam account permanently would terrify most people. Given how much money is usually spent acquiring a huge array of games – 98% of which you’d never play – it’s not surprising. But, what if you’ve decided that enough is enough. Here are the exact steps you need to take to permanently delete your Steam account.

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Fortnite is the hottest game in the world. It’s a viral teenage obsession with over 125 million players worldwide. But it’s causing parents major problems at home. Here’s how you overcome Fortnite addiction.

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Are you exhausted from arguments about your teen or young adult’s gaming use? Have you ever asked them to come for dinner… only to hear “one more minute!?” We all know what happens next.

One minute turns into two, and then ten, and then twenty, and now your simple request for them to join the family for dinner has turned into a full blown fight.

You’re tired of nagging them to do basic things, of having simple requests turn into an all-out war. They are a teenager, and you have become a babysitter. If you’ve experienced any of the above, then this article is for you.

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Proliferations of gambling opportunities and their increased promotion have engrossed numerous young players across the globe. The driving force behind these trends is online technology and almost universal access to the internet.

It has made gambling more approachable and an offers on-demand and immersive experience. This novelty digital environment engulfs young minds and makes them susceptible to developing a serious gambling problem/addiction. The effect on social and emotional life can be devastating and spill over into all other areas.

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Children who have better impulse control and the ability to manage stress tend to make better choices; they are also more liked, more integrated in their communities, and are at lower risk of struggling with issues like depression or substance abuse later in their adult lives.

A thorough approach to anything that helps your child’s early development is crucial for their wellbeing. There are myriads of different methods and approaches out there for the curious or concerned to explore, but what about the essentials? Read today’s interview with Dr. Denise MD to learn more.

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Recently I sat down for dinner in Adelaide with a group of 15 parents and the conversation was enlightening for me in particular, because there was a consistent theme that kept coming up throughout the night: their desire as parents to ensure their kids did not fail.

To avoid that, they were taking care of every obstacle in the way of their child’s success. They were cooking for them, doing their laundry, and paying their bills. But was this truly helping their children succeed?

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The memories are painful to revisit. They all came rushing back, however, as I read an op-ed piece in last Sunday’s New York Times entitled, as if the matter has been settled once and for all, “Video Games Are Not Addictive.”

Well, Christopher Ferguson and Patrick Markey, I beg to differ. I can assure you, my son Jack would differ, too. “Is video game addiction a real thing?” the two of you ask at the outset. Yes, guys, it most definitely is.

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When you love someone who is a gaming addict it can be difficult to relate to the situation — especially if you’re not a gamer yourself — and it’s common to find yourself confused about what to do. Do you confront them? Do you hope it’s just a phase that will pass?

This experience is stressful as you struggle to understand what’s going on with the person you love, but the stakes are high and you may feel a sense of urgency to figure out a solution. To make matters worse, as your stress increases so does the tension and miscommunication is bound to happen, working against your intervention efforts.

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If you want to break through to your son or daughter when it comes to their gaming behavior then the importance of building greater rapport, especially around gaming, cannot be understated. By understanding and being able to speak in the same gaming lingo as your child, he or she will feel less judgment and separation, creating an opportunity to get connected and influence a shift in their behavior.

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You just don’t get it. What is it with these video games? You feel frustrated and don’t understand why they play these silly games. You feel overwhelmed because, although you try, it seems like no matter what you do, your child simply wants to keep playing more and more. What has happened to your son or daughter? Why are they so drawn to these video games?

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The question every parent is asking themselves these days: Are my kids really addicted to video games? It’s an important question to ask and one you’re concerned about as you’ve noticed your child glued to the computer screen, no longer interested in other activities and increasingly difficult to interact with.

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