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When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And while many parents screen the content of games to protect their children from violent and sexual themes, few understand the forces causing their children to become hooked on the "digital drug." This book arms parents with the facts they need and concrete steps to protect our children from this very real epidemic. A must-read for all parents.


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When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And while many parents screen the content of games to protect their children from violent and sexual themes, few understand the forces causing their children to become hooked on the "digital drug." This book arms parents with the facts they need and concrete steps to protect our children from this very real epidemic. A must-read for all parents.

30 review for Playstation Nation: Protect Your Child from Video Game Addiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    I thought the premise of this book was good, but the presentation was poorly executed. The good: the people who wrote this book are definitely passionate about their children doing the best in life. They have realized that video games were not helping their sons grow into godly men and therefore chose to remove this influence from them. These parents care deeply and want to share that with others. That is obvious as you read through the book. The mediocre: There are a lot of interviews and quotes I thought the premise of this book was good, but the presentation was poorly executed. The good: the people who wrote this book are definitely passionate about their children doing the best in life. They have realized that video games were not helping their sons grow into godly men and therefore chose to remove this influence from them. These parents care deeply and want to share that with others. That is obvious as you read through the book. The mediocre: There are a lot of interviews and quotes in this book that added credibility to the author, but again the sentences and paragraphs around them were poorly presented. Sometimes the author left you wondering exactly why that part of the interview was included. On the cover it mentions that both Olivia and Kurt Bruner wrote the book, but it seemed to be exclusively in her voice. I think this would be a good book for parents to look at if they need some reasons to ban or restrict video games or are looking for alternatives. It's not the most amazing book, but you can sense the author's heart coming through.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This book is weird. I checked it out from the library because my stepson plays a lot of video games, and I find it odd that he'd rather do that than just about anything else. But about 1/4 of the way through, it becomes clear that the authors are fundies, so I'm really not interested in their theories on raising kids and family life in general. One part made me laugh though. The author mentions a conversation she had with James Dobson, the Focus on the Family guy. He said he was glad that video This book is weird. I checked it out from the library because my stepson plays a lot of video games, and I find it odd that he'd rather do that than just about anything else. But about 1/4 of the way through, it becomes clear that the authors are fundies, so I'm really not interested in their theories on raising kids and family life in general. One part made me laugh though. The author mentions a conversation she had with James Dobson, the Focus on the Family guy. He said he was glad that video games didn't exist when he was a boy, as he'd have gotten "addicted" to them. The author said something like "What a tragedy it would have been for the world if Mr. Dobson had gotten so distracted that he didn't grow up to carry out his wonderful work!" Riiiight, tragedy. He's done so much good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brent Barnard

    My wife and I don't play video games, and I haven't played them since racking up a high score on Minesweeper about 10 years ago. However, I'm vaguely aware that there's a big gaming world out there. This book explores this potentially addictive activity and discusses how to speak into teens' lives without necessarily going as far as discouraging them from playing the games altogether (although that option is on the table as well). On the other hand, some friends have told me how they have amazin My wife and I don't play video games, and I haven't played them since racking up a high score on Minesweeper about 10 years ago. However, I'm vaguely aware that there's a big gaming world out there. This book explores this potentially addictive activity and discusses how to speak into teens' lives without necessarily going as far as discouraging them from playing the games altogether (although that option is on the table as well). On the other hand, some friends have told me how they have amazing father-son times using video games that they would never have had if they'd trashed games completely. So there's reason for a nuanced approach in many cases.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hiram

    This book is really good. Although I am not addicted to video games, I can watch out for these types of things for they can ruin relationships or convince someone to take someones life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I liked this book, even though I don't totally agree with everything the author's propose. It is definitely an anti- video-gaming book. The only positive thing I could find was a study about how children in the hospital need fewer pain killers when they get engrossed in video games. Otherwise, they really don't have anything positive to say. Granted, addiction is not good, but I feel that a bit of gaming can be a good thing. It is definitely more interactive than watching television and can teac I liked this book, even though I don't totally agree with everything the author's propose. It is definitely an anti- video-gaming book. The only positive thing I could find was a study about how children in the hospital need fewer pain killers when they get engrossed in video games. Otherwise, they really don't have anything positive to say. Granted, addiction is not good, but I feel that a bit of gaming can be a good thing. It is definitely more interactive than watching television and can teach decision making skills. College dorms are full of mostly young men, playing incessantly, some even flunking out of college because of it. I don't think that is a good thing. College should be more for getting out and socializing. Younger children can't always to out to play as neighborhoods are not as safe as they used to be, back in the day. The authors give quite a list of alternate activities at the end of the book. Things I used to do as a kid. And, having the console in the family room where everyone can get involved is better than a kid isolating alone in his bedroom, playing night and day. An interesting read for anyone who loves video games!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Well, we broke down and bought the Wii game system for Christmas. In just 4 months I saw a transition from the boys playing fun games on it together, to only playing separately so they could unlock characters and levels in their own "files". Because they had to play an entire "cup" to unlock certain things, they were begging to play longer than the allowed time to accomplish their goal. Video gaming quickly became a source of contention in our home and it went from casual fun entertainment to th Well, we broke down and bought the Wii game system for Christmas. In just 4 months I saw a transition from the boys playing fun games on it together, to only playing separately so they could unlock characters and levels in their own "files". Because they had to play an entire "cup" to unlock certain things, they were begging to play longer than the allowed time to accomplish their goal. Video gaming quickly became a source of contention in our home and it went from casual fun entertainment to the boys doing anything just to get more time. I read parts of this book to my boys and after hearing what gaming does to your body and mind, they were willing to get rid of the video games altogether. We read about a boy who died of a stroke after playing nearly 12 hours a day. Your heart rate increases dramatically while playing and sustained playing causes hypertension. Jaren understands that his heart already can't handle more than it's already been through and that we want to prolong his life, not shorten it just for the fun of a stupid game! We are throwing the games away and going to the lego store this weekend! This is a must-read for parents with boys.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This book gives you a lot to consider. We've (my wife and I) decided we agree with much of what the author has to offer. There is some research presented, but I think there's more to be gained from the logical arguments laid out by the author. We've seen unhealthy behaviors in our children that have waned quickly as we've gotten rid of our consoles. If you are reading this book you probably already think your kids are gaming too much--it'll show you where that path can lead. This is a quick read This book gives you a lot to consider. We've (my wife and I) decided we agree with much of what the author has to offer. There is some research presented, but I think there's more to be gained from the logical arguments laid out by the author. We've seen unhealthy behaviors in our children that have waned quickly as we've gotten rid of our consoles. If you are reading this book you probably already think your kids are gaming too much--it'll show you where that path can lead. This is a quick read w/much repeated material. You can skim in about an hour.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    This book is a quick read, but important for anyone who has a gaming system in their home, or is considering it. It goes through case studies and examples of children who have become addicted to video games, and why setting limits on these games does not work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    This book should be read by every parent! The topic is very important. Don't underestimate the danger of the video and/or computer games. The book was written in 2006, so it's somewhat outdated. I'm giving 3 stars because it is not exactly well-written.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a great book for anyone with kids in the home! You may think that video games are innocent fun, but you will be surprised at the research presented and the ramifications that this recreation choice can have on your children, your family and your children's future relationships.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marianna

    This book is not exactly well-written and the authors approach is from evangelical Christianity, but what they have to say about the impact of games on our children is well worth reading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    poorly written....and I realized about a fifth of the way in that it was a Christian book in disguise....scary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Reynolds

    Oh the stupidity. ..

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Olivia and Kurt Bruner tell us that their research shows that over eighty percent of children have at least one video game console in their house, and over fifty percent of consoles are in the child's bedroom. The amount of time children spend playing video games is increasing exponentially, and the effects are almost overwhelmingly negative for the child - relationally, emotionally, and physically. It is up to the parent to set limits, and the Bruners present a straightforward look at the impac Olivia and Kurt Bruner tell us that their research shows that over eighty percent of children have at least one video game console in their house, and over fifty percent of consoles are in the child's bedroom. The amount of time children spend playing video games is increasing exponentially, and the effects are almost overwhelmingly negative for the child - relationally, emotionally, and physically. It is up to the parent to set limits, and the Bruners present a straightforward look at the impact of video games on a child and how to go about taking steps to overcome the problems. Video games have the potential to be addictive. No one solution is right for every person, every family. But most parents and most kids, no matter how great the intention at the beginning to set up rules and time limits, fall down the slippery slope to many more hours of play time than they had anticipated. Studies show that video game addiction is very similar to substance addiction. Playstation Nation addresses these facts and more, describes relevant in-depth research, and gives real-life examples of people who have experienced these problems. This eye-opening book is a must-read for any parent with a child interested in video games. The games have been around long enough for us to now see far-reaching effects. Addicted gamers will continue to be addicted as adults. This isn't something that people grow out of. Their emotional and relational growth can be stunted. The video game is the drug, and it becomes more important than college classes, jobs, relationships, and marriage to some people. Those portrayed in Playstation Nation are real people. Their anecdotes should cause readers to stand up and take stunned notice. Playstation Nation isn't without suggestions. There are answers, especially for avoiding the most common mistakes parents make surrounding video games. Age-specific recommendations are provided, as well as lists and lists of ideas for alternate activities for your children. The suggestions are fantastic and encompass a large variety of things; there is something there for every child. This is an extremely relevant book that takes the time to outline the problem, its effects, and the solutions. Highly recommended for all parents.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

    This book put a great perspective on video games. I appreciated the authors perspectives and attempt to address the challenges they pose to our lives and our productivity as humans.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Bacin

    Why did I read this. I don't even have a kid

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anwar Maricar

    Good insight into what kids expect from their parents that includes guidance and bit of strictness for the good of the kids.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Moussa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i want to read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I wish I didn't need to read this book, but like so many parents, I have slid down the slippery slope of videogaming, much to my chagrin and my kids' delight. This book was an eye opener into how easy it is to view gaming as innocent entertainment akin to the television we watched or the books we devoured as kids. And for some kids, that is the case. Many kids can take or leave the games and use them to fill in down time, hanging out with friends. But for some they become the only thing they do I wish I didn't need to read this book, but like so many parents, I have slid down the slippery slope of videogaming, much to my chagrin and my kids' delight. This book was an eye opener into how easy it is to view gaming as innocent entertainment akin to the television we watched or the books we devoured as kids. And for some kids, that is the case. Many kids can take or leave the games and use them to fill in down time, hanging out with friends. But for some they become the only thing they do and the only thing they think about, the only thing they talk about. When they get together with friends they have trouble doing anything that isn't videogames; it becomes their default mode. It can be a difficult pattern to break out of as their growing brains gets wired to expect the immediate gratification, power, control, good feelings and social fun that come with gaming. You don't like to say words like addicted or obsessed, but it is easy to see, and sometimes closer than we like to admit. The book's references are dated; digital drugs of choice at our house are the XBox, Halo, and Minecraft. But if anything, the advent of Wii and XBox, the vast online multiplayer games on the PC, IPhones, IPods and apps, have made the problems brought on by digital addiction even greater and more diffcult to control, even before the kids have phones, twitter, instragram and facebook accounts. I've set limits for my kids (and make exceptions to them), use games as a reward as well as a punishment (probably a mistake) and talked to them about how easy and fun it is to play videogames and how good they make them feel, how all of their friends and many parents play too. But that I need them to have alternatives for fun and entertainment that don't involve a screen. They need to understand that in some cases, the games are controlling the play and the players, not the other way around. I don't condemn the games and I'm not ready to toss them out the window like the author did, but know I need to take control of the controller, even if it doesn't make me the most popular parent. Parents if you have had second thoughts about your kids videogame habits this book is food for thought.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Hate to be critical, but this book isn’t really what I expected or wanted. The authors are very negative about gaming in general and it just doesn’t seem like you are getting the full picture. I already know that video games can be harmful – that’s why I bought the book! The book may be somewhat helpful if you are on the fence about whether to do something about a kid that plays too much, but there isn’t much detail on what to actually do other than remove the game. Also, the book gets quite foc Hate to be critical, but this book isn’t really what I expected or wanted. The authors are very negative about gaming in general and it just doesn’t seem like you are getting the full picture. I already know that video games can be harmful – that’s why I bought the book! The book may be somewhat helpful if you are on the fence about whether to do something about a kid that plays too much, but there isn’t much detail on what to actually do other than remove the game. Also, the book gets quite focused on religion and God – so be warned if this isn’t your thing. I actually found another video game addiction book that gives a lot more practical advice on what parents can do if their children are obsessed with video games (http://techaddiction.ca/help_child_ad...). It isn’t as anti-videogame and talks about how to cut back to healthy levels if this is what you would rather do. Anyway, it was a lot more helpful than the other books I read. I’m not sure if there are printed copies, but I got it as a download.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debcrittenden

    I'm trying to get my children off of the tv/video game habit they've got goin' on. So far all of their case studies are pretty extreme, but I do think it is very convincing as to why our kids shouldn't play video games.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Noman Nasery

  25. 5 out of 5

    Warda Lisa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Robbins

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Javier Montero

  29. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Umstattd Jr.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Sanders

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