This article from ABC News tells a tragic story of online gaming addiction in South Korea gone terribly wrong, leading to the death of a child through neglect.
Fox News shares a similar story, this time from the US. Thankfully, the two children involved here survived, but the reasons are the same.
Rachel Mosteller writes in Parenting Magazine.
" Think you might be hooked? Try keeping a journal of how often you go online for
a week. Then assess what you’re missing out on when you do it — sleep, family
time, work? Also note in your journal what was going on each time you decided to
sit down at the computer. Was it right after a fight with your husband? Were you
bored? By figuring out the triggers that send you seeking refuge online, Moore
says, you can come up with alternative activities that help you deal. If you’re
stressed, for example, you might take your baby out for a walk."
In her eye-opening article, Mosteller posits three things moms are searching for as they spend too much time online. Those three are: information, community or escape.
What about you? Is there any danger of blogging, games, chatting, social media, or whatever your poison is, getting in the way of your priorities? Its worth a thought or more.