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Not long ago, I was watching the news and a feature story came on about kids addicted to video games. So I asked my friends, school counselors and social workers - are kids addicted to video games? The answer was overwhelmingly, yes. And it is damaging their academic lives, socialization skills, and physical health and hygiene.
They shared with me that video games have impacted student attendance to school.
For some video gamers the process looks like this:
Bored - Play Video Games - Visually an Mentally Stimulated (i.e. not bored)
It might be a bad habit! Author Charles Duhigg, does a great job explaining habits and how you can alter them in his New York Times Bestseller called “The Power Of Habit - Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”. In his book, using the example above, replace the action of playing video games with something else and you can still satisfy boredom!
So, what can kids do when they are bored?
Well, based on age, environment, and available resources the RoosterFin games team created a list to get you started:
- Do a craft - make a necklace, decorate a picture frame
- Take out a coloring book - they are the latest craze right now!
- Work on a puzzle or brain teaser
- Exercise - kick the soccer ball around the yard, shoot some hoops
- Read a book
- Write in a journal
- PLAY A BOARD GAME
Boredom can be replaced with a variety of stimulating activities. Since you can easily determine which one on the list is my favorite, stay tuned for the next blog post about why you should play board games!
Please know, this post is designed to help bring awareness to the topic of video game overuse and habits. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with how to reduce or remove video games from play time, and need additional support, please contact a medical professional in your area, or school social worker/psychologist.