Fortnite: Is Your Child Obsessed With This Video Game; What You Should Know
Fortnite is the new rage in the gaming world and from what we read and hear, it seems to have taken the world by a storm. Dr Sanjay Chugh elaborates on the gaming sensation and its impact on health.
Compulsive gaming can make children lose out on their basic social skills
- Compulsive gaming may make your child compromise on his studies
- Try to introduce your child to other hobbies
- Reach out to a mental health professional if needed
Fortnite is the new rage in the gaming world and from what we read and hear, it seems to have taken the world by a storm - whether it is a world of teenagers or of the adults. It may seem more benign in the sense that the graphics are not as gory and violent as in many other games these days. People may try to find merits and demerits of this game, but the real area of concern is how 'addicted' is your child to it. It is the nature of these games that one tends to get compulsively hooked to them. This mostly happens at the cost of other things in life. For instance, your child may compromise on his studies, household chores, his personal hygiene, food, outings with family or friends, and the good ol' going outside to play.
Over a period of compulsive gaming, one may find children losing out on their basic social skills including the need and ability to communicate, along with the ability to relate with human beings. It's fantastic to be able to use technology in a conscious manner. For instance, it would be great to use such games to increase mental processing speed or some other brain function such as memory, attention, problem solving, language, and visual-spatial skills. This however, can be achieved only if these games are used for a limited duration (besides other factors). For the parents who may be struggling with their child's compulsive or addictive gaming, here are a few things that they must implement on an immediate basis:
1. Cut down on the time that your child can spend playing these games. Do not stop it altogether abruptly as that is more likely to have adverse consequences.
2. Bring down gaming to a single system or gadget. The child should not have access to multiple systems like cellphones, ipads, laptops, xbox, PSPs etc.
3. Be a part of the game selection process and ensure that your child does not select highly addictive games like the MMOs. Try and select games that involve physical activity.
4. Try to introduce your child to other hobbies, family interactions, and outdoor activities.
5. Seek help. Addictions and compulsive behaviors need not be taken lightly. Reach out to a mental health professional.
(Dr Sanjay Chugh is a Senior Psychiatrist based in Delhi)
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