Teens on the spectrum more susceptible to video game addiction
Posted by discoversevenstars on December 28th, 2018
A modern-day psychological disorder, video game addiction is on the rise all over the globe, and although some medical professionals are lobbying to have it labeled as a mental disorder, the American Psychiatric Association declined to do so. It is a condition characterized by excessive game playing that’s detrimental to an individual’s everyday life, meaning things like socializing, sleeping, and even eating, are out of whack.
Why are teens on the spectrum more susceptible?
According to a number of research studies, teens with autism, in addition to spending more time playing video games, are more likely to develop a video game addiction for a number of reasons specific to the disorder they have. Predictability, no need for social face-to-face interaction, and visual engagement are all characteristics of video games that make autistic kids spend more time glued to their screens. Video games also provide autistic teens with repetition, consistency, and security. However, playing video games is also known to bring some positive things, like building up self-esteem by mastering the game.
What to do if your teen is addicted to video games
If you think your teen may suffer from video game addiction, resolving it may prove difficult, but as with anything, consistency is key. Some of the things you can do to help him break the habit, include:
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