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ADD/ADHD, Kids, and Gaming

by Skid Row Trash   //   10:08 PM on 12.11.2012

Many kids these days seem to get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD and I noticed something. Everyone was saying that my nephew has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) because of the problems he was having in school. He's 6 years old.

Anyways, he has problems paying attention at school as most young kids do, so this is why they I think they assumed he has this problem. One thing that I noticed though was how focused he is when gaming. When he is playing games or watching game videos (loves those minecraft youtube videos) he is so focused that he actually plays until he has to run to the washroom. He actually was playing Sonic 2 for the first time at my place when he was 5, and he was so intently focused on the game that he pissed himself and my couch! heheh, now that is gaming dedication I tell you.

But that's just it, if he can be so intensely focused on video games, how can he have ADD. It would not make sense, you can't have it sometimes and not others. You either have it or you don't, I think..

I think it is more that what is taught in schools is just not interesting to some kids, or the way it is presented is not in a way that has any interest to them. I bet a lot of kids out there who are diagnosed with ADD actually don't have it, and I think that seeing how they play video games may prove this at least in some. This seems especially more common with boys than girls too. I think maybe the education system needs an over-hall and do it with gaming somehow.

Anyways, happy Christmas all.

- Skid Row Trash









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