Gaming addictions develop in summer holidays
Once school starts next week, some children will return having developed an addiction to computer games during the summer holidays. According to support groups in Sweden, addictions easily at this time of year.
Sven Rollenhagen is a computer game addiction specialist, and says that what might have been a few hours of computer games after school can turn into a full-blown addiction in the summer because the children lack their usual routines.
"Young people in Sweden have long summer holidays. That means that if you are a parent, it's difficult to tell the kid they have to go to bed. The kid could say they don't have any time to get up in the morning so why shouldn't they play for two hours more?"
In Sweden, Rollenhagen says, most households are equipped a fast internet connection and more than one computer – making it easier for children to spend hours upon hours playing games.
Most of the children whose parents sought help for their extreme computer games playing were between the ages of 14 and 17, reports news agency TT.
However, Inger Lundberg from the computer game addiction treatment centre Game Over told TT that many parents report signs of addiction far too late, and that addictions form at an earlier age.