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Watch for Signs of Video Game Addiction

By and Tuesday, 09 June 2020 12:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Why were Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard, the Trail Blazers' forward Mario Hezonja, and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Larry Nance Jr. hanging out together one day in early April? They were playing in a "Call of Duty: Warzone" video game tournament.

We suppose it makes sense. Their real games were suspended, and they longed for some competition.

But for some, video games can become more than a temporary, welcome relief.

"I am happy for 'Warzone,'" Hezonja told the Washington Post. "I would say I'm addicted."

According to a six-year study out of Brigham Young University, which was published in the journal Developmental Psychology, for 10% of players video gaming becomes a problem that interferes with day-to-day life.

In fact, players who become addicted may find that constant interaction with the games triggers or increases problems with depression, aggression, shyness, and anxiety.

Signs of addiction include:

• Excessive time spent playing games and hyped-up anticipation of future contests

• Withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, irritability, sadness, and boredom when unable to play

• Need for increased doses of games that are ever-more complex and time-consuming

• Risking friendships and family relationships or jobs because of obsessive playing

If that's you, start tracking your playing by writing down the time you spend, then try to reduce that time spent by 10% each week. And consider online or in-person cognitive behavioral therapy for help.

In addition, get outside and play a socially distanced game of tennis, take a bike ride, or walk. If you're under age 50, COVID-19 is less likely to harm you than a video addiction will.

© King Features Syndicate

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