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It’s no secret that gaming continues to be popular. With its fast pace, absorbing and interactive nature, gaming can provide a much needed break for people in a fun way. The easy access to games directly in our homes has created higher levels of addiction and gaming linked to loneliness and isolation. With elaborate plots and challenges to level up, video gaming can be a source of escapism and may result in loss of social connection.

Here are a series of articles, videos and other content that we have selected to highlight the ongoing struggle of social isolation, loneliness and disconnection that is amplified by gaming. It’s important to understand how gaming can be linked to feelings of loneliness and the negative consequences that can come from overuse.

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Understanding social isolation, disconnection and loneliness when gaming

  • Using video games to escape the stressors of life (link)
  • Health risks and concerns that can come from too much gaming (link)
  • Understanding if you’re addicted to gaming (link)
  • How video gaming has changed since the 1970s and how this may impact your social life (link)

Helpful suggestions

  • Gaming can be positive if played in the presence of others as a social means (link)
  • Set time limits and stick to them (link)
  • The use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to overcome gaming addiction (link)
  • Is it addiction or an underlying mental health problem? (link)