Nothing but online gaming

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Nothing but online gaming
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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 2:36pm

My son just turned 16 and he plays World of Warcraft everyday during the week for between 4-6 hours nightly.

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Thu, 04-21-2011 - 4:22pm

Your ds is addicted to gaming and at 16 you do still have some control so you should do everything in your power to help him overcome it. The fact that he's dropping all his other activities and failing his classes gives you the answer right there. Definitely start with removing his computer. At 16 it's unlikely you're going to get him to go outside and play. Don't let him go to friends' homes if you know he's going to play there. He may need some professional help. A 16 year old that lays on his bed and throws a fit because he can't play on the computer probably needs to be evaluated for depression or social disorders. Good luck and hopefully you'll get more BTDT advice here.

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 4:38pm

One does not need to have gone thru addiction to know what addiction looks like.

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 5:11pm

My son was never into WOW but a few of his friends were.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 04-24-2011 - 7:58pm

Some kids are more susceptible to gaming addictions than others, just like some people are more likely to become alcoholics, gambling addicts, etc. Your son is clearly addicted, so you need to look at this as a disease, as well as a discipline problem. Definitely get him some help because he can't change without it.

I don't believe in going cold turkey (even heavily addicted smokers get to cut back a little each day.) So, with the aid of a therapist, give him some reasonable constraints. On weekdays, for example, he gets two hours instead of 4. Then, the computer is completely off and the x-box or whatever his device