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Kids' Video Game Obsession Isn't Really About Video Games. It's About Unmet Psychological Needs.

Kids Addicted to Videogames

  • When we see kids playing videogames all day, we think they are addicted, and that it is harmful.
  • In most cases, there is no addiction, but just overindulgence,
  • In cases they do seem addicted, it may be due to some unmet psychological needs.

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