ABC 20-20 tonight covered “Digital Addiction” and digital obsession, covering three families with addiction to media and especially gaming. Elizabeth Vargas reported.
A Michigan teenager, Josh, built his own computer but then became addicted to gaming and dropped out of school. His parents sent him to a 10-week wilderness camp in Utah. The Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor did MRI’s and examined the teen’s brain, and found brain activity improved after media was removed. The teen comes home to a new home and is actually greeted by the cat. The best link is here.
Yet, normally a teen capable of building a computer from scratch would be well grounded in reality. Various other teens have gone on to, well, create Facebook. So the effect of media exposure must be quite variable.
A 35-year-old father of four agreed to have his games taken out of his house to get over his addiction.
A teenage girl also went into a treatment program in California.