Gaming can be a positive and enjoyable activity. It can help us to connect with other people, feel more included, and boost our self-esteem. Healthy gaming can also help us to enjoy our downtime, relax and have fun.
But gaming, like any behaviour, can cause harm if it is taken to extreme levels.
Signs of possible problems with gaming
If you spend so much time gaming that you do not have time to do the things that keep you healthy and well, then it might be a problem for you.
You might notice that you:
- feel sad, frustrated or angry when you are not able to play games
- fighting with others over gaming
- have other people say they are worried about how much time you spend gaming
- are spending less time with family and friends because of gaming
- spend large amounts of time thinking about your next gaming session or past sessions
- lose track of time while gaming
- feel pain in your neck or back from gaming
- eat meals while playing or skip meals altogether
- spend more money than you can afford on new games or in-game purchases
- have trouble going to sleep or getting up on time because of gaming.
If you think that your gaming is starting to cause problems in your life, there are lots of things you can do to get back control.