Video game addiction, is it real?

If you ask children how they love to spend their spare time, many of them would say, “play video games.” But why do  children love them so much? Is video game addiction real?

Video game addiction is increasingly being recognized as a problematic and potentially harmful addictive behavior. According to some studies it would appear that the excitement of video games causes the brain to release. a an addictive chemical. For any parent who has seen the enthusiasm by which some kids play video games, this news is no surprise.

Roughly 1 in 10 children who play video games are at risk of becoming pathologically addicted to them, found a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

In a recent study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), researchers found that kids that are pathological gamers play an average of 31 hours a week. The gamers displayed higher levels of depression and other mental health issues than those that played fewer hours. You can read more about this study at Video game addictions lead to depression and anxiety.

David Wheeler suggests for parents to involve their kids more in physical activities like walking, or going to the gym with them.  The AAP recommends that elementary school age children engage in no more than one hour of screen time a day, and high schoolers no more than two.

If you have an Au Pair, you don’t have to worry anymore. The Au Pair monitors your children activities and spends time with them doing many activities together- like swimming or playing sport games, making crafts projects or drawing,  playing with small children or storytelling.

Au Pairs are enthusiastic, motivated  young adults with child care experience. They enjoy doing many things with host family’s children, keeping them busy with useful things, teaching them and having fun together. Here is a cookie class. Enjoy!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cesar riaño medina
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 18:39:33

    Thank you


  2. Derric
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 12:30:39

    i love the post


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