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by GWright, http://www.socialworkersspeak.org
Feeling guilty about giving your child a video game for a holiday gift?
You shouldn’t, said Michael Langlois, a National Association of Social Workers member who has a private practice in Cambridge, Mass. and online.
Video games might actually be a very good thing, Langlois says.
Langlois’ way of thinking runs counter to some research and television shows, movies and news reports that portray video gaming as addictive and heavy gamers as antisocial loners who are prone to violence.
“I’m definitely in the growing minority that asks us to rethink video game addiction,” said Langlois, MSW, LICSW, who is a teaching associate in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “I think we use the term addiction very fast and loose in our culture.”
Instead, Langlois said video games can be beneficial because they can foster literacy in young people and teach important lessons about morality and how to find meaning in the mundane. Video games also help people build connections and friendships with others because the Internet has allowed gamers to pit their skills against players from around the world.
Langlois has become an expert and consultant on online technologies, video games and psychotherapy. He writes a blog, Gamer Therapist, and is author of the Tilt Magazine article “Saving the Game: The Use of Gaming within Psychotherapy” and the book “Reset: Video Games and Psychotherapy.”
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