- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
Can kids really be addicted to video games?
Many researchers think it's possible to be addicted to video games. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have identified a condition called internet gaming disorder (IGD), which they say could be a kind of addiction, though more research is still needed. But IGD is rare and may be tied to other conditions such as depression and ADHD. People with IGD have brains that in some ways look like the brains of people who are addicted to, for example, drugs and gambling.
The signs of true addiction include: craving something, needing more of something to get the same "high," and withdrawal when a user can't have it. People who are addicted to something ignore signs that the substance or activity is damaging their lives. They may lose friends. They may stop doing schoolwork. They even stop taking pleasure in the substance or activity itself. Learn more about the difference between IGD and problematic media use.
The Child Mind Institute contributed to this article. Learn more at childmind.org.