From the article: "Question: Dear Dr. Scott. I have a 14-year-old boy who would rather play video games than do anything else. He used to play with friends, do sports and be outside more in middle school. Now, video games are all he does. I thought it might be a phase, but we recently had a family reunion with my sisters and their kids from out-of-state and it was like pulling teeth to even get him to come out of his room. I was embarrassed by how he ignored everyone. It's become quite a sore subject in this family. We have to fight him just to get him to do chores and homework. I'm not sure what to do anymore. It's not like the video games he plays are bad, but he is becoming unbearable. When we take it away from him, he just gets even more difficult to deal with. What do you think? "Samantha"
Answer: Thanks for your question, "Samantha." Sounds like your son is addicted to video games.
I have seen more and more of this over the last few years. I know what you mean, it really can become quite a problem. Video games might not be as damaging as drugs, gambling or compulsive sex; but it can be a destructive addiction nonetheless."