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          Virtual Chaos

          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.

          Is Fred addicted to 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.

          “Justin plays World of Warcraft right next to me.”

          Game Over

          Brad, 40, says his video game addition took him to the brink of destruction, nearly costing him his marriage and sanity. And, Liz says her 21-year-old son, Shawn, was a young man with a future until a video game caused him to take his own life.

          The dark side of gaming addiction.

          Update: Read how Brad is doing now.

          Game Widow

          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!

          “The games were actually created for healthy individuals.”

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