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Update on Increase in Video Gaming Addiction

In recent article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, Professor John Saunders, Consultant Physician to South Pacific Private, revealed insights into the dangers of video game addiction.

Responding in an interview specific to recent news highlighting the association between aggression and video gaming, Professor Saunders revealed his concern that “gaming disorder is going to get worse before it gets better, because of the increasing uptake of games, their increasing sophistication and that games are of course designed to be engaging,” he said.

Most gaming addicts are teenage boys, but increasingly men in their 20s, 30s and 40s are becoming addicted. Read the article in full here. 

There has been much attention given to gaming disorders and online gaming in Australia this week in response to recent 60 minutes coverage specific to the current game that’s on everyone’s lips, ‘Fortnite’. The show documented the lives of families who are struggling due to a gaming addiction that is playing out in their home. Families who didn’t know what to do or where to turn.

Fortnite has more than 125 million players worldwide and an estimated 40 million people play the game monthly. Video games are nothing new, and neither are reports of game addiction. But today’s most popular games are immersive, technical and detailed and create a sense of connection to the game that is far more alluring and sophisticated than any game played by their parent’s generation.

An Online Gaming Addiction Facebook group started recently has over 700 members. This resource might provide support and information for family members living with or trying to help someone with an Online Gaming Addiction.

Professor Saunders’s career as a clinician, service director, researcher and academic in the alcohol and drug field extends back over 35 years. His commentary clearly relays those who are more at risk as well as the short and longer term risks of a gaming addiction. If you are looking for answers or would like more insight as a parent or professional we invite you to watch this video.

If you wish to find out more or are concerned about someone you love, please call South Pacific Private 24/7 (including weekends) on 1800 063 332 or email info@southpacificprivate.com.au