At some point in time, we play video games either as a child, teenager or an adult. Video gaming is a $101.62 Billion industry and with the advert of mobile games on iPhones and Android, this number is definitely growing. That’s a lot of numbers there and I believe that there are millions of people playing games online too.
The problem with game is that there is a danger of video gaming addictions. If you are a parent and you are not careful with the control of playing time for your kids, they can easily develop video game addiction, and I mean, EASILY. I have personally witness a child in a birthday party where he is totally in his own world playing his iPhone games, ignoring everyone at the party. The kicker is: HE IS THE BIRTHDAY CHILD.
To prevent this, it is important to set the rules for the children so that they know how to control their gaming experience. The key here is not to abstain, but to exercise control. It is better to train a child to control than to abstain as it gives them a life skill of learning self-control.
Now how about gaming for adults? We know that there are some professions like “professional gamers” and “video game testers”. These are legitimate jobs and there is a need for them to like gaming as a base. Adults tend to have better control but they are still prone to gaming addictions.
Games can be expensive too. We are talking about games that costs $50-$80 for an xBox or PlayStation game. Even for “free” mobile phone games, the in-app purchases can go unlimited. We have heard of people spending THOUSANDS on mobile games. Even though games can be expensive, there are resources for free online games. Visit this website for free games like Minesweeper and Solitaire.
We understand that video games are going to stay for a very long time. The key to playing is always to exercise control. If you want, join in the gaming with your children. That will help bond with your children, even in video games. When they see you exercising control in video games, they will also learn to control. That’s leading by example. 🙂