The survey involved asking 204 parents of children aged between nine and 18 a number of questions relating to video game usage.
Almost half said their children were “less co-operative”, and more “rude or intolerant towards others” after playing video games. 36% reported a rise in aggressive behaviour, 29% observed more mood swings and 26% noticed that their children became more reclusive when gaming.
The results were collected by The British Association of Anger Management, which has issued a warning to parents urging them to seek help if they notice the following symptoms in their children:
- wanting to stay hidden away in their room to play video games all day
- any distractions cause them to become hostile and irritable
- poor concentration
- not wanting to eat
- neglecting hygiene – not brushing teeth or washing.
The association runs one-to-one classes for children addicted to video games. Director Mike Fisher said: “The typical situation that we are faced with is where the young person gets very irritable and aggressive when they’re asked to clean their rooms, do their homework or to come to dinner when they really want to finish their game. Their brains are being orientated to the point where their capacity to delay gratification has been diminished radically.”
Parents are taught how to ‘hold the boundaries’, deal with their child’s aggression and set rules outlining times when video games are allowed and times when they are not.
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