Gaming is a fantastic hobby, but excessive gaming is different

67% of Australians play video games

97% of homes with children have video games

60% of households have 5 or more screens

2.5 hours every single day is the average gaming time for 15-24 year old boys

18 hours a week, while considered the average for this age group, is still enough to start interfering with important responsibilities without being labelled an addiction.

Some believe that approximately 10% of gamers would be considered addicted to video games, but we can game still excessively without having a “Gaming Disorder”.

Our approach to re-frame how they game

Quality is more important than quantity

Gaming is the icing on the cake, not the cake itself

10 Intelligent Gaming Strategies are at the core of the process, helping gaming to become only one of many healthy hobbies

The program can be done on your own as a family, through online webinars, or in groups such as holiday immersion programs

Parent education and professional development to gain insight on excessive gaming

GameAware programs get significantly positive results 

Sustainable strategies moving forward

Improved self regulation

Improved engagement in new hobbies, school, work and relationships

More frequent exercise

Improved general well-being and resilience

Improved video game enjoyment

Reduced frustration and irritability

Gaming becomes a hobby instead of a habit

Andrew Kinch – GameAware Founder

With 25 years gaming experience, and nearly 15 years of well-being and teaching experience, my skillset is primed to tackle this issue by using my Intelligent Gaming Strategies to help gamers enjoy their games without it being the number 1 priority in their lives. I still enjoy playing video games a lot, but it’s part of a variety of engaging things that I do to be happy.

I love video games. I think that some of them are very creative in their story telling and other pack a thrill packed experience that take us to places we wouldn’t otherwise be able to go. That being said, in the past I’ve had the experience of stepping over the line where video games took up way too much of my time and affected me in ways I didn’t expect. I was certainly a candidate for my future self’s program. Put it all together, and that’s why I’m going to know exactly what our gamer is going through, and how to get to the other side. The goal is to achieve a win-win scenario around gaming within your family dynamic and GameAware has what it takes to help that happen.

I approach game “addictions” with experience based strategies and current information on the psychology of games. It’s worth mentioning that a video game addiction isn’t the correct terminology. Currently, there is still disagreement between researchers about whether this is something that can be diagnosed. What we do know is that time displaced by gaming has a negative impact on gamers, but when someone games excessively or obsessively, it’s usually as a result of something else. This program’s goal is to improve mental health as much as it s designed to reduce excessive gaming, and it’s as much about educating adults as it is children. The language in the 6 week online program is aimed at parents who are struggling with children playing video games compulsively. That being said, the resource is still very applicable to gamers of all ages who are interested in modifying their own behaviours to develop more impulse control and self regulation.

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