Minecraft is so addictive that my kids want to play it all day long, and my wife and I often find it extremely difficult to limit game time for our two kids. I think one of the reasons why parents have such a difficulty handing the Minecraft obsession is that parents themselves never play the game, especially when it is free. They never know what's so addictive about the game and why their kids want to spend all day playing the game after all.
The game lets your kids be creative and lets them express themselves by creating a personalized world of their own. They can spend their time in that world and feel alive outside the real world, and this can often lead to complex behavior problems. You should start getting worried and take a step forward to help your kids when you see any of these signs:
- Your kids start behaving differently with family and friends. They spend a lot of time playing the game and even when they are around other people, they keep thinking about the game.
- Your kids start lying to you about their Minecraft play time. Ideally, you should have some way of monitoring game time even when you are not around. If your kid tells you something else and see that they have actually spent a lot more time playing the game, it is time to start getting worried as the game has started altering behavior of your kids.
- When you start seeing symptoms of withdrawal in your kids, it's time to be serious about this addiction. You will notice that your kids have little or uncomfortable sleep, they have frequent headaches, they suffer from depression and they are irritated easily.
- If your kids are out of their zone and start behaving differently when playing the game, it's time to put limits on their screen time. It is a clear indication that Minecraft addition has taken them over and you need to act.
Look at this Minecraft video! It has 14 million views and sometimes I still can't understand why.