USA-Digital Addiction

US therapists fight rising cases of Internet addiction

  • English

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Lakewood, State of Colorado, United States - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of gamers in E-sports arena
2. Various of gamers playing video game
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers:
"E-sports is exploding. It's growing hand over fist."
4. Various of Jeremiah Allen, gamer, playing video game
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Allen, gamer's dad:
"He's putting anywhere from two to five hours a day."
6. Various of Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict, in yoga session
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict (ending with shot 8):
"I was in a pretty steep nose dive. I actually was watching it double speed even, so I effectively consumed about 190 hours of YouTube content in a single week. It eventually came to head last semester when I almost failed almost every course I was taking and I decided I couldn't do it anymore."
8. Barnes in yoga session
9. Various of gamers playing video game
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center:
"It's absolutely an under-recognized problem, and it's an overlooked problem."
11. Sculpture on table
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (starting with shot 11):
"Not performing well at work, potentially losing a job, not having effective self-care."
13. Markle talking
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (ending with shot 15):
"We approach it through the lens of harm reduction and through the lens of abstinence. So we get creative with every client that we have to figure out what plan will be most effective for them."
15. Various of digital addicts in yoga session
16. Various of gamers playing video game
17. Mainframe
18. SOUNDBITE (English) James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers:
"We teach better communication, not rage quitting, and how to lose gracefully and win with dignity."
19. Barnes talking
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict
"Initially, it was very tough. The trajectory is only up from here as far as I can tell."
21. Various of gamers playing video game
22. E-sports arena

Storyline


In the era of smartphones and tablets when access to digital media is constantly one click way, therapists are increasingly dealing with Internet addiction these days.

For many, the Internet is a constant companion - the first thing viewed in the morning and the last thing seen at night.

Last year, the World Health Organization added gaming disorder to its list of diseases.

On a Friday night in Lakewood, Colorado, in the United States, electronic sports enthusiasts battled with each other on-screen.

"E-sports is exploding. It's growing hand over fist," said James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers, which opened up last December.

Practice has paid off for Jeremiah Allen, whose talent for playing the video game Fortnite is urged by his father.

"He's putting anywhere from two to five hours a day," said Bob Allen, the gamer's father.

Forrest Barnes, a recovering internet and video game addict, used to play video games for hours each day. He has now started doing yoga, sitting on the other end of the stimulation spectrum.

"I was in a pretty steep nose dive. I actually was watching it double speed even, so I effectively consumed about 190 hours of YouTube content in a single week," said Barnes.

And it started costing him both in his studies and in life, Barnes said.

"It eventually came to head last semester when I almost failed almost every course I was taking and I decided I couldn't do it anymore," said Barnes.

Barnes came to a place called the Digital Media Treatment and Education Center, which specializes in treating people with digital addiction. The center said its research shows up to 18 percent of young adults and nearly 10 percent of adolescents fall into that category.

"It's absolutely an under-recognized problem, and it's an overlooked problem," said Tracy Markle, a founder and co-director of the center.

She also argued that screen overuse can be quite damaging.

"Not performing well at work, potentially losing a job, not having effective self-care," said Markle.

The center employed coaching and support groups as part of its treatment and helps patients to connect with others.

"We approach it through the lens of harm reduction and through the lens of abstinence. So we get creative with every client that we have to figure out what plan will be most effective for them," said Markle.

Markle said while Europe and China have long dealt with the digital addiction issue, the U.S. still lags behind in this area.

Love said E-sports is often a force for good. His company runs summer camps for gamers to help them become more well-rounded individuals.

"We teach better communication, not rage quitting and how to lose gracefully and win with dignity," said Love.

Barnes has abandoned YouTube and gaming for several months now.

"Initially, it was very tough. The trajectory is only up from here as far as I can tell," said Barnes.

It's up to each person to recognize and fix their screen addiction, he said, and ensure that it doesn't dominate their lives.

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  • ID : 8105665
  • Published : 2019-03-14 16:34
  • Last Modified : 2019-03-14 16:35:59
  • Location : Lakewood,United States
  • Category : society
  • Duration : 2'08
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2

USA-Digital Addiction

US therapists fight rising cases of Internet addiction

Dateline : Recent

Location : Lakewood,United States

Duration : 2'08

  • English


Lakewood, State of Colorado, United States - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of gamers in E-sports arena
2. Various of gamers playing video game
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers:
"E-sports is exploding. It's growing hand over fist."
4. Various of Jeremiah Allen, gamer, playing video game
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Allen, gamer's dad:
"He's putting anywhere from two to five hours a day."
6. Various of Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict, in yoga session
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict (ending with shot 8):
"I was in a pretty steep nose dive. I actually was watching it double speed even, so I effectively consumed about 190 hours of YouTube content in a single week. It eventually came to head last semester when I almost failed almost every course I was taking and I decided I couldn't do it anymore."
8. Barnes in yoga session
9. Various of gamers playing video game
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center:
"It's absolutely an under-recognized problem, and it's an overlooked problem."
11. Sculpture on table
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (starting with shot 11):
"Not performing well at work, potentially losing a job, not having effective self-care."
13. Markle talking
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Tracy Markle, founder and co-director, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (ending with shot 15):
"We approach it through the lens of harm reduction and through the lens of abstinence. So we get creative with every client that we have to figure out what plan will be most effective for them."
15. Various of digital addicts in yoga session
16. Various of gamers playing video game
17. Mainframe
18. SOUNDBITE (English) James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers:
"We teach better communication, not rage quitting, and how to lose gracefully and win with dignity."
19. Barnes talking
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Forrest Barnes, once-digital addict
"Initially, it was very tough. The trajectory is only up from here as far as I can tell."
21. Various of gamers playing video game
22. E-sports arena


In the era of smartphones and tablets when access to digital media is constantly one click way, therapists are increasingly dealing with Internet addiction these days.

For many, the Internet is a constant companion - the first thing viewed in the morning and the last thing seen at night.

Last year, the World Health Organization added gaming disorder to its list of diseases.

On a Friday night in Lakewood, Colorado, in the United States, electronic sports enthusiasts battled with each other on-screen.

"E-sports is exploding. It's growing hand over fist," said James Love, director of Localhost Arena at N3rd Street Gamers, which opened up last December.

Practice has paid off for Jeremiah Allen, whose talent for playing the video game Fortnite is urged by his father.

"He's putting anywhere from two to five hours a day," said Bob Allen, the gamer's father.

Forrest Barnes, a recovering internet and video game addict, used to play video games for hours each day. He has now started doing yoga, sitting on the other end of the stimulation spectrum.

"I was in a pretty steep nose dive. I actually was watching it double speed even, so I effectively consumed about 190 hours of YouTube content in a single week," said Barnes.

And it started costing him both in his studies and in life, Barnes said.

"It eventually came to head last semester when I almost failed almost every course I was taking and I decided I couldn't do it anymore," said Barnes.

Barnes came to a place called the Digital Media Treatment and Education Center, which specializes in treating people with digital addiction. The center said its research shows up to 18 percent of young adults and nearly 10 percent of adolescents fall into that category.

"It's absolutely an under-recognized problem, and it's an overlooked problem," said Tracy Markle, a founder and co-director of the center.

She also argued that screen overuse can be quite damaging.

"Not performing well at work, potentially losing a job, not having effective self-care," said Markle.

The center employed coaching and support groups as part of its treatment and helps patients to connect with others.

"We approach it through the lens of harm reduction and through the lens of abstinence. So we get creative with every client that we have to figure out what plan will be most effective for them," said Markle.

Markle said while Europe and China have long dealt with the digital addiction issue, the U.S. still lags behind in this area.

Love said E-sports is often a force for good. His company runs summer camps for gamers to help them become more well-rounded individuals.

"We teach better communication, not rage quitting and how to lose gracefully and win with dignity," said Love.

Barnes has abandoned YouTube and gaming for several months now.

"Initially, it was very tough. The trajectory is only up from here as far as I can tell," said Barnes.

It's up to each person to recognize and fix their screen addiction, he said, and ensure that it doesn't dominate their lives.

ID : 8105665

Published : 2019-03-14 16:34

Last Modified : 2019-03-14 16:35:59

Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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