So what does this mean? It means that we can quit fighting the revolution. The Beatles did fine and esports will do fine too. Instead of fighting the change, we should embrace it and not be afraid to learn about it. Together, we can make esports a positive experience for all.
There are some suggestions I make to parents, and clinicians working with parents, about what they can do.
The world did not end from Beatlemania. In fact, we got some really good music. The world is not going to end from esports; in fact over 90% of people in the world are gaming now. You think it might just be kids; it is not, it is grandma and grandpa too.
However, if they are starting to show problems, the earlier you intervene the better. Be aware that getting a professional who knows about gaming is key. In other words, you do not go to a heart doctor if you have an ear problem. Good luck in your endeavors. Enjoy some Beatles music while you are reading this article.
Jay H. Berk, Ph.D., is INTENTA's Clinical Director, a licensed psychologist, coach, author, speaker and expert in working with children, adolescents, and families. He is adept at providing treatment in outpatient and residential programs. He is the director of REBOOT, a boarding school program for individuals with electronic over-usage.
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