As adults we are hopefully better at disciplining ourselves to prioritise but it can be difficult - "I know it's midnight but just one more chapter". Gaming achievement and progression is more interactive than a book and the game never ends until it becomes boring.There's also an element of sport and competition in many games which brings with it bragging rights.I myself have been told I was a video game addict... decided that i was done with online/offline games.. its the same story for my husband , :)I have had to deal with this problem with my son. But truely addicted people have a brain rewire, change personality and do not believe they are addicted.This started when I was 6 years old and has gotten worse. I am dreading next Wednesday that is the day they return to school after a six week break. I will practically have to beg him to come off Xbox early. my parents told me to stop playing at 14 ---at that time it was just GTA, Red Alert and Warcraft... but the damage with me parents can not be repaired, so sad to say..... If they really are addicted then all you can do is stop enabling them by taking away the games and getting them to find healthy things to do. As a parent, you have to intervene because they are out of control and cannot stop.With the policy, I found that my boy was rushing homework or not doing it at all, neglecting his chores or going to bed well after his assigned bed time.He was tired, moody, grumpy, resentful, steadily getting worse since he was about 11 years old.If a team member doesn't achieve at similar rates, then they start to fall behind and become a liability - effectively holding the team back from being able to take on the next in game boss for that fancy equipment or be competitive in the league.Back to my boy, My screentime policy was great and all but my boy didn't have the mental discipline to maintain it and I was struggling to enforce it.
I've also noted that while he is allowed to start gaming from 5PM, he's not desperate to start gaming right on 5PM.
For those adults who aren't gamers and can't relate to the addictive qualities of many games, it is in many cases, very similar to reading a very good book or watching a tv series with a very good story line.
It can be difficult to keep our selves in suspense by forcing our own selves to do a more important task such as sleep instead of continuing on to the next exciting chapter.
Kids, however, might display what looks to be addictive behavior when they're only super engaged in creating something or getting to the next level in a game.
But if you have real concerns about your kid's behavior and notice mood changes, falling grades, mounting bills, or a lack of human interaction, you may want to talk with your pediatrician about the possibility of game addiction or the idea that another issue, such as depression, might be causing these problems.