Video Game Addiction Summer Camp: Why it’s Time
Often parents who contact Summerland Camps wonder why no video game addiction summer camp for teens have been created before us. According to research in the Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 41% of people who play online video games do so as, “escape from the real world.”
As rates of smartphone ownership in the United States surpass 50% and teen depression rates have soared since 2011, several startling facts are clear:
- Research findings and recent examples in our culture demonstrates that online digital media is powerful, far more than most people admit.
- Media affects everyone; and early experience is a major factor in determining attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior.
- American children spend more time in front of electronic screens than any other activity except sleeping!
Video Game Addiction Summer Camp: The Research
Several interesting studies have been conducted by researchers to link prosocial or aggressive behavior to types of video games or media.
In one study in Germany, researchers asked subjects to play one of three video games—either a “prosocial” game, an “aggressive” game or the “neutral” game Tetris.
After eight minutes, an experimenter reached for a stack of questionnaires but “accidentally” knocked a cup of pencils off the table and onto the floor. Participants who had played the prosocial game were twice as likely to help pick up the pencils as those who played the neutral or aggressive game.
In a similar study in the United States, a minor emergency was staged just outside theaters that were showing either a violent movie (e.g., The Ruins, 2008) or a nonviolent movie (e.g., Nim’s Island, 2008). Participants had the opportunity to help a young woman with a wrapped ankle who dropped her crutches just outside the theater and was struggling to retrieve them. Participants who had just viewed a violent movie took over 26% longer to help.
Next steps to enroll your child in a Video Game Addiction Summer Camp.
Summerland Camps are more than just a video game addiction summer camp. We are also an inspirational and motivational setting to learn new skills, sports, and hobbies.
Our goal is to inspire our campers to become more self-regulated. We help young people learn how to track their behaviors and plan their day to meet social, educational, and health goals.
If you have any questions about our program please don’t hesitate to call us at 800-365-0556.