June 03, 2009
Spending endless hours in front of a computer playing virtual fantasy games can ruin real lives and wreck real marriages, and surprisingly, the average player is 35 years old.
If video games can wreak havoc in adult lives, imagine the effect they could have on children. Dr. Phil challenges parents to audit the video game situation in their home. How much money are you spending on these games? Could you or your child be addicted?
Thirty-four-year-old Fred plays computer games all day long. He admits to spending up to 10 hours a day in a cyber world. His wife, Juli, says Fred can spend as much as 80 hours a week playing video games.
Like Father, Like Son
Juli says Fred neglects their 3-year-old son, Sean, and even worse, he’s keeping their 5-year-old son, Justin, up late gaming, just like his dad. Meanwhile, Juli’s son Brandon, says he thinks Fred, his stepdad, is lazy and should get a job.
Update: Read how Brad is doing now.
Wendy’s husband, a video game designer, oftentimes takes his work home with him and continues to play on the computer even after hours. So, Wendy takes matters into her own hands!