How video game addiction affects boys versus girls

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The difference between video game addiction in boys and girls statistically is that approximately 10% of boys may be prone towards developing habitual or addictive use of video games. Whereas girls, it's less than 1%. By contrast, of course, then girls are more prone towards develop habitual or even addictive use of social media, whether it be texting, Facebook or other forms. It's just the differences between generally how boys and girls are wired genetically. You know, girls, you don't have to do very many preventative forms related to video game addiction. You do, however, have to set a lot of limits on the social media use. So it's really a primary genetic and social difference between boys and girls.

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Rick Meeves, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Director of CRC

Dr. Rick Meeves has spent the last 16 years working with adolescents and their families. He currently serves as the Director of Adolescent Clinical Services for CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of addiction treatment and related behavioral health services.  Rick has helped families deal with the rapidly expanding access to video and electronic media. As a practitioner he has seen teens lock themselves in their rooms, playing video games for days on end. He has also seen teens who became addicted to online gambling. Rick has seen parents who have accepted this behavior as some acceptable alternative to staying out all night or using drugs or alcohol. He has helped families re-establish healthy patterns and use of electronic gaming and has established healthy patterns with his own boys.

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