By Dr. Brent Conrad, Clinical Psychologist at TechAddiction.ca
A new study has found that young adults who remember their parents as being overly stick, demanding, and without being affectionate, tended to be more likely to have problematic Internet use (often referred to as Internet Addiction).
As this is obviously a correlational finding (and we all know that correlation does not imply causation), the authors suggest that other factors may be at play.
For example, kids with very demanding parents who lack affection may experience mood problems, may have difficulty relating to peers in person, or may struggle to making friends in general…which may cause them to retreat to online games for comfort and support.
The study of 600 adults concluded that almost 2% of men and 0.6% of women could be classified as “severely addicted”.
The take home message is pretty simple isn’t it? Be an authoritative, not an authoritarian parent. Set reasonable expectations for your children, but don’t expect perfection and 100% obedience all the time. And always show that you care for them and love them.
Doing so may protect not only against Internet Addiction, but will likely prevent many (many) other problems as well.
Original Article: Parenting Style and Internet Addiction
Study finds that MMOs and FPS video games are most often associated with problematic gaming. Also, what kinds of games are preferred by different racial groups?
The finding that MMO and FPS games are more likely to be linked to problematic or unhealthy play is not unexpected given previous research.
Somewhat more interesting are the gaming habits of different ethnicities / races.
Caucasians: Role-playing and strategy games
African Americans: Sports and gambling
The study itself presents the findings, but doesn’t spend a lot of time discussing why certain races seem to prefer certain game genres.
Given that we are talking about racial differences I know this may be asking for trouble, but why do you think this is?
Any theories on the different preferences? If you are going to comment, keep it respectful please.
Original Article: Racial Differences in Video Game Preference
A computer gamer in China who died after a 24-hour marathon gaming session will allow others to live on via organ donation.
On May 19, 2013, 18-year-old Guo Quon collapsed and never regained consciousness after playing computer games for almost 24 hours non-stop. Although rare, these sudden deaths have been previously reported and are thought to be caused by blood clots.
Quon remained on life support following the collapse but suffered severe brain damage and was not expected to ever wake up.
His parents made the difficult decision to remove him from life support and donate his organs to China’s fledgling organ donation program. Organ donation in China is in its infancy, with many “donations” coming from inmates on death row.
Not many blog posts here recently as I have been very busy writing TechAddiction’s second book How to Help Children Addicted to Video Games – A Guide for Parents.
After many months, the book is finally ready and I have to say I am quite happy with the final result. Every day I get requests from parents on recommended books for dealing with video game addictions in kids. I have probably read just about every book on this topic but I just could not find a book that offered what I was looking for: A clear, comprehensive, step-by-step, always up to date, workbook-style manual that not only educates, but describes exactly how to address video game addictions in teens and children.
With over 200 pages of specific tips, strategies, and interventions as well as detailed analyses of conversations between parents and children in the midst of a game addiction…I have tried to produce the most helpful and practical book available online or in print on this topic.
Hopefully I have succeeded.