Gaming: Deal with it before it outplays you

Gaming: Deal with it before it outplays you

by Diane Peters, Ben Shannon
     
 

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Video gaming can be used to improve skills and build friendships and communities. But it is also often an escape from the world, and it can become an addiction. This book in the Deal With It series looks at the realities of gaming and what happens when a love for the game turns into an obsession.

Overview

Video gaming can be used to improve skills and build friendships and communities. But it is also often an escape from the world, and it can become an addiction. This book in the Deal With It series looks at the realities of gaming and what happens when a love for the game turns into an obsession.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
A recent addition to the lexicon of behavioral psychology is the dark side of video gaming, called a "soft" addiction. Like all addictive behaviors, it can replace important activities, interfere with relationships, and derail productive lifestyles. The addicted is running in place, getting nowhere. Written in a teen-friendly tone and illustrated with graphics suggestive of the games in question, in sections labeled "The Rebel," "The Escape Artist," and "The Friend," the author presents situations and conflicts familiar to anyone grappling with addiction or trying to help someone whose gaming is getting out of hand. The benefits of learning to play video games are acknowledged, as is the downside of spending too much time on gaming. Symptoms and warning signs are presented in short scenarios in comic book style, quizzes, and advice-column formats. The reader is asked to evaluate the situation and choose among possible solutions. Sample questions and answers are presented in contrasting side-bars labeled "Dear Dr. Shrink-Wrapped...." A side-bar titled "Did You Know?" lists recent facts about gaming concerns. This book, a part of the "Deal With It" series, concludes with a list of help lines, web sites and books, labeled "More Help" and would be a good addition to a middle school or high school class on health, social relations, or psychology. Reviewer: Hazel Buys

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552774908
Publisher:
Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Lorimer Deal With It Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Peters is also the author of Privacy: Deal with it like nobody's business and Girlness: Deal with it body and soul. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and daughter.

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