“I don’t study because it gets in the way of my video game time”, 15 year old patient.
Sorry mom and dad, video games are here to stay. In my clinic, this is a topic of discussion every day……actually every hour:
“How many hours of screen time does Mikey get every day?” I ask.
“Tell the truth”, Mom says looking at Mikey.
“brmfbr mbbrm”, says Mikey looking away.
Mother turns to me with the familiar look that telegraphs, “Please tell him something because he will listen to you!”
But what if we could turn the powers of video games for “good” rather than “evil”? How do we manipulate the seductive power of video games to get our kids (or even ourselves) to do things we know are good for us but somehow never gets done?