How Cam Adair Will Help Your High School, College or University With Gaming Addiction Issues

“I can’t recommend Cam enough to universities that are trying to help students that struggle with addictive gaming issues.” — John Peppinger, Senior Student Life Coordinator, Neumont University

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The thing that makes me feel most alive is putting a smile on someone else’s face. After speaking at TEDxYouth in Fargo I was sitting in the auditorium watching other speakers share their story.

During one of the breaks I looked over and made eye contact with a young girl, she was maybe 10 or 11. She was too shy to come over and talk to me, but she gave me a slight smile, a shy smile, and in that moment I knew what I shared on stage had touched her in some way, and made her feel less alone. That’s what I live for.

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6 Reasons We Need to Talk About Gaming Addiction at Your School, or Campus

1. 97% of youth play video games

With nearly every youth playing games, risks of gaming addiction are at an all-time high. Fortunately, these risks can be mitigated by teaching our students why they are so drawn to video games in the first place.

2. Major cause of college dropout

9% of first-year students bring gaming pathologies to college with them and studies show 48% will avoid studying because of it. Add stress, an increased workload and lack of motivation and you have an increase in dropouts.

3. Lack of relatability

Gaming culture is rapidly changing and it’s essential for the student affairs department and members of the faculty to be able to relate to their students. The gap between the two has never been wider.

4. Impacts academic performance

In the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement nearly 27,000 first-year students reported gaming more than 16 hours/week. These students had lower SAT scores, high school grades and went to college less prepared.

5. Obstacle to essential social skills

Social skills are integral to students’ success after college. They lead to more meaningful relationships, a better career and an increase in their overall happiness. Gaming isolates and hurts their development of social skills.

6. Correlates with depression

Studies show gaming addiction can lead to psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety. These symptoms cause isolation in students who need support, and lead to poor academic performance and dropout.

Your students need to hear this message from someone who understands what they are going through. Someone they can relate to. As a gaming addict for over ten years, I provide real answers and practical solutions for students to overcome this challenge in their life, and for faculty members to create effective support systems for this growing problem in their schools.

“His message was personal, inspiring, clearly delivered and flowed naturally. Cam is at the forefront of this issue and we as a department hope to use the points Cam presented to help our students.” — John Peppinger, Senior Student Life Coordinator, Neumont University


About Cam Adair

Cam Adair is a Canadian-born speaker, YouTuber and pioneer on video game addiction. He’s the founder of Game Quitters, the world’s largest support community for video game addiction, with members in over 70 countries.

A talented hockey player, Cam’s life took a dramatic turn at the age of 13 when he began to suffer from intense bullying, leading Cam to drop out of high school. He never graduated and never went to college, spending the next year depressed, living in his parents basement playing video games up to 16 hours a day, until the age of 19 when he made a commitment to change.

A world traveler, Cam shares his personal story, and the lessons he’s learned in a fun and practical way to empower and challenge others to use the adversity they face as fuel for growth, connection and purpose. Devoted to his community, Cam shares weekly videos on YouTube that have received over 625,000 views.

Cam has spoken at high schools and universities, TEDx events, leadership development programs, and international addiction conferences, including the RENEW Youth Summit in Tanzania, Africa, and the SHRM Annual Conference, the largest Human Resources conference in the world.

Cam is signed by CAMPUSPEAK, a higher education speaking agency. His keynotes combine deep and meaningful personal insights with lessons on addiction recovery, personal development, social dynamics, entrepreneurship, leadership, creative, and psychology.

  • Currently 28 years old. Born in Canada. Living in San Diego.
  • Has traveled to 24 countries including Bali, Poland and Panama.
  • 15 years of elite hockey experience where I learned leadership.
  • Loves to smile, drink coffee and read books. Passion for DJing.

Featured Keynotes:

Each session is personalized to ensure your group receives learning outcomes that fit your themes and objectives.

  • — Talk presented at TEDxBoulder in September 2013. 140,000+ views.
  • “I appreciate that you shared this story, Cam. This will help a lot of people going through the same thing that you did.” — Thicey A. Flo

Addiction to Recovery: A Gamer’s Story

Today 96% of youth play video games. This issue affects all areas of life including school grades, job retention, career aspirations, and even marriages. A video game addict for more than ten years, Cam shares his recovery story and how it saved his life.

Key Deliverables and Learning Outcomes:

  • using a “90 day detox” to reshape academic performance
  • useful information on addiction, and compulsive behavior
  • understanding your relationship with gaming and technology
  • the three types of replacement activities you need to find
  • how to spot the warning signs of addiction
  • managing stress in positive and healthy ways

  • — Talk presented at TEDxYouthFargo in July 2014. 250,000+ views.
  • — Perfect For: Students of all ages, Professionals.
  • “Cam, you really opened up my eyes.” — Alex Ritner

The Surprising Truth About Rejection

Rejection is a universal emotion we all experience. In this powerful talk, Cam shares his story of being rejected and bullied as a teen, which led to his struggle with depression for many years. Cam shares how he was able to turn his life around and overcome this situation.

Key Deliverables and Learning Outcomes:

  • how to use adversity for growth
  • how to overcome feelings of rejection
  • using vulnerability to be a better leader

  • the secret to finding your purpose
  • strategies to build confidence and self-esteem
  • how to break free from depression

  • — Talk presented at the Nevada State Conference on Problem Gambling.
  • — Perfect For: Addiction and Mental Health Professionals, Entrepreneurs.
  • “Best presentation of the day.” “This guy is cutting edge.”

The Power of One

You have a story to share, a unique experience or adversity you’ve faced that has the power to change the world. Learn how Cam went from video game addict of ten years, to leading the largest support community for video game addiction worldwide, redefining how we approach addiction and mental health for all.

Key Deliverables and Learning Outcomes:

  • marketing strategies to share your message
  • effective storytelling to grow your impact
  • how to stand out in a crowded market
  • the importance of vulnerability as a leader
  • how to grow a community of loyal fans
  • how to reach people who need your help

“Our students enjoyed the session and were able to connect with you. It’s a topic that would be valuable to present at many schools across the country. I really enjoyed your visit and I’d love to have you back.”
— Joshua Anchors, Léman Manhattan

“Cam’s hopeful message and practical steps to empowering oneself to overcome unhealthy habits and live a purposeful life, while stemming out of his work in gaming addiction, transcends into an array of topic areas where people are facing adversity.”
– Cara Yar Khan, UNICEF

“I wholeheartedly recommend Cam as a speaker as he is extremely professional in his approach, ensures his message will speak to his audience and is a very polished speaker and presenter. I am extremely confident that he can speak to any topic, relate to any audience and provide great results to any event organizers.”
– Jessica Collison, SHRM