Psychologists Hilarie Cash and Kim McDaniel are working on a handbook for parents about gaming addiction, currently titled "Reality Quest: What Parents Need to Know About Their Children's Gaming Habits." Here are some symptoms they say to look for in children:
Unable to predict the amount of time spent on gaming.
Failed attempts to control gaming behavior for an extended period of time.
Having a sense of euphoria while playing.
Craving more gaming.
Neglecting family and friends.
Feeling restless, irritable and discontent when not gaming.
Lying to family or authority figures about gaming behavior.
Problems with school or job performance as a result of time spent gaming.
Feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety or depression as a result of time spent on gaming.