Lots of people like to play video or online games and lots of people spend many hours of their spare time gaming. For lots of people this is ok and they are able to have other hobbies and interests, see friends and they can still get on with their everyday life. For others this love of gaming can tip into being unhelpful and impact on their life in a damaging way.
It is possible to be at risk of or develop an addiction to gaming in a similar way to those who are at risk of or addicted to substances (such as drugs or alcohol).
Not everyone who has a gaming addiction will experience all the signs. Also, if your child is experiencing some of these signs this does not necessarily mean that they have a gaming addition, but it is important to get help and advice.
According to experts, some of the most addictive online games are:
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