Admittedly, virtual life can give you a feeling of power, but do not lose sight of real life and do not let your virtual life take over.
The first symptoms of addiction vary depending on the person: lack of sleep, school or professional results in free fall, mental exhaustion and isolation. In serious cases, too much screen time can lead to digestive disorders or depression.
It is particularly difficult to tell when addiction with games starts: every person reacts differently. Sometimes you have to rely on your intuition. If you yourself have the impression that your real life is slipping through your fingers, don't hesitate to speak to someone about it. Your parents or your doctor will be able to help you. And if you think that one of your friends is affected, do not hesitate to talk to them about it, without criticising them or making them feel guilty, but support them and try to understand why they are behaving in this way.
If you have any doubts about your behaviour or that of your friends, obtain information. On the internet you will find many articles and sites dealing with this subject and proposing helpful solutions.
- Limit the time you spend playing games and put time aside for other activities.
- If you play, do it in a group rather than on your own in front of your computer or console.
- Keep up physical activity, eat and drink regularly and sleep enough to avoid 'game over'.