Can video games cause ADHD? Not a chance. The idea that video games cause ADHD is a myth; however, they certainly don’t help matters either. Kids with ADHD (and many children without the disorder) can “hyperfocus” on video games because of the fast pace, instant gratification, and frequent reinforcement. There is constant movement, engaging graphics…. and best of all, zero downtime. Unlike normal day-to-day life, in video gaming there is never a second in which nothing is happening. Kids who play video games hour after hour become excessively bored in a less stimulating environment (like school), almost to the point that they can’t tolerate these settings. Anything that is not a video game is “boring.” Lots of kids will tell you that school is boring, but every child who games excessively will report this. For children who do have ADHD, it’s easy to get pulled in to a cycle. They are drawn to the games because of the fast pace and high stimulation; and then the more they play the games, the more they need fast pace and high stimulation. This is not to say that video games are bad; like many things, they better serve us when used in moderation.
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