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  • Gone are the days of simple arcade video games like Pac-Man or Space Invaders. Today, images on games are so life-like that it is easy to immerse yourself in them, almost as if you are watching or participating in real life. For many years – especially recently – people have started to wonder how video games will affect their children. Maybe they have seen their kids getting wrapped up in the digital world or they see this electronic hobby as one that is beginning to control their life or thought patterns.

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  • The video game industry earns billions of dollars every year. Kids, teenagers, and adults all over the world are sucked into video games every day, sometimes for hours upon hours at a time. Game makers create these games to be fun, enticing, and stimulating  – they know that people flock to these games for entertainment. They know that people get wrapped into them.  Are some of these people addicted to these games? Medical research has shown that about 1 in 11 people who play video games are addicted and exhibit dysfunction in multiple areas of their lives.

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .