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How to help someone addicted to gaming

Pimenov Maxim
10.03.16
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Let's face it, all we do in life can become an addiction if we do it too frequently and we need to learn how to avoid this sort of habit if we want to see the best possible results. Playing games on the computer is most entertainment thing, and they can be a perfect hobby to rest and get rid of the stress of our daily lives, but they can also become a problem and a tool that alienates us from society if we let them become the center of our lives.

In this article, we are going to talk about the best ways in which you can assist one who is addicted to gaming and how you can determine if someone is addicted to this form of entertainment.


Addiction or hobby?

Many factors could determine if someone is addicted to something. The first thing to consider is just how much involvement a person has with video games and why they play games. If you know someone who has become antisocial and spends most of their day playing video games and ignoring your invitations to go out or do any activity other than play video games, you are dealing with someone who is addicted to them.

On the other hand, you could have a friend who loves video games and feels passionate about them. This person is looking to learn game development and to get involved in the industry, so you can clearly see that they play video games, but they also spend a good amount of time researching about game development or studying any related to the industry. This person is passionate about gaming and is not using it as an escape that will provide no benefits in the long run.

How to help a video game addict

The first thing you need to do when you identify a friend or relative who has a gaming addiction is to talk to them with a friendly tone and to suggest other activities they should do with you. Another best way to Let them know that while you do enjoy playing games with them, you would also want to do other activities with this person because you don't want to burn out a single action.
Many video game players are often uninterested in sports, but if this is the case, you can always look for other activities to do outdoors or maybe visit a location of interest that could be related to video games. The idea is to get this person to leave their gaming space at home and interact with the world.

Help them get involved in competitive events

Even something as simple as taking your video game addicted friend to a gaming convention can be a lot of help. The truth is that gaming is only harmful if we are completely alienated from people and playing online and chatting online doesn't count as socializing because everything is very impersonal.
Encourage your friend to get involved in an offline tournament to a game they love and this is going to be a good way for them to get to know other people and get inspired to start getting involved in gaming in a productive way.

Ask them what their plans are

One of the leading powerful ways to help someone with a video game addiction is to propose them what their plans are for the long run. If they tell you they have no plans, you could act as the ghost of Christmas future and talk to them about how they might not be able to spend their time playing the video games they enjoy so much if they don't have a job that pays the bills and the electricity and the internet they use to play games online.

People are often not going to care about what might happen in the future because they always make excuses about how they will do something to make sure they can earn money and finance their lifestyle, but this is just denial. The best way to help people with a game addiction is to show them that there is no way they can keep this lifestyle up for the rest of their lives and they need to look for a way to upgrade their life and become skilled at something they enjoy.

A great method to do this is to encourage them to pursue a career in anything related to the gaming industry. A friend should always be the one to support this change and not a parent. Parents will never have the same impact with this kind of conversation as a friend would, especially is the gaming addict is a teenager or in their early 20's.

Conclusion

Gaming is not a bad thing, but the person playing video games needs to have a goal or a set of goals in life that could be related or unrelated to gaming. The problem is when a person uses gaming to escape the real world and avoid it.

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