I was working in my home office when I heard the loud bang coming from my son’s room. It wasn’t the first time today either and I had gone in previously to see what was going on. I got up and hurried into his room and saw him unsuccessfully holding back tears and pointing at his tv. The bang came from him slamming his fist on his desk.
“What happened?” I asked and he responded with the same thing he did the last time I had asked him.
“Fucking hackers!” He was vibrating with so much anger that he couldn’t even look at me. He sat there staring at his screen. And in the next moment, he hit a button on his controller and immediately put himself in a cue to start another game.
“I see you just started another game, let me grab my chair so that I can see for myself how bad the hackers are. I’d like to help you if I can.” I left his room to get my chair and while doing so, started to think about how I was going to help him.
As an admin for a rapidly growing Facebook Group called Destroy Your Digital Distraction And Get Primed For Life, who’s purpose is to help provide support and refuge for people who are struggling with video game addiction, I have come to learn that there is a growing trend of parents who are themselves the ones becoming addicted to video games in addition to the children.
As a recovered video game addict myself and a parent of two teens, I still enjoy playing video games from time to time, both with my kids and by myself. I have learned firsthand the consequences of losing track of what is important in life. I have learned the importance of living a life built on a foundation of values and I educate my kids to live the same way.
I mention this because I know how easy it is to lose track of what is important, especially when it involves video games. We all know that video game addiction is on the rise. According to Statista, the number of active gamers worldwide will rise to...