Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate for 2016 Ted Cruz recently admitted in an interview that he loves video games and is so addicted that he can’t allow himself to have a gaming console anymore. He explains that he grew up playing video games and that his obsession continued into college and law school. He and his roommate would play all night sometimes. In his interview with The Daily Beast, Cruz was quoted as saying, "I don't have a console, mostly as a time management tool, because if I had one, I would use it far too much.”
He talks about his favorite games right now being “Plants vs. Zombies” and “Candy Crush”, where he is on the 217th level in the game. He then describes that some of the time that he spends with his daughters is in front of the iPhone or iPad playing games. He says that it drives his wife “crazy” and that she doesn’t like it, but the kids do. (1)
If you’re a gamer that is struggling to manage time, limit access to the games, or remove your exposure to them entirely. That means limiting time away from games on tablets, iPhones, or iPads, not just consoles. Step away from it completely if you need to, as this is sometimes the only way to stop the cycle of addiction. Encourage your children to create and use their imaginations – away from screens.
Remember, technology as a whole isn’t bad. It can be very beneficial and even necessary. But, moderation is the key. Set limits on your children’s screen time and their use of devices. It’s important and necessary for their overall wellbeing and development. And if you are the one that is struggling to handle your obsession with games, find ways that will challenge your brain and encourage it to grow. Gaming can be described as a digital drug – something that can become as strong as cocaine. It becomes something so addicting that some people simply just can’t deny the need to play. It warps their sense of reality and over time, it will reprogram how their brain works and how they interact socially. Gaming addiction, if not handled and dealt with properly, can bring darkness into a family. If you or someone you know is living with an addiction to video games or technology, seek help immediately.
1. Mcafee, Tierney. “Ted Cruz Admits to Being a Secret Video Game Geek.” People.com, May 29, 2015. Accessed June 15, 2015. http://www.people.com/article/ted-cruz-video-game-addict