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RED FLAGS THAT COULD POINT TO A GAMING ADDICTION

+ Using the screen for more than two hours a day
+ An emotional outburst when screen use is limited or taken away
+ Turning away from activities that once satisfied him or her
+ Preferring a screen to face-to-face interaction

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more helpful information from author Kevin Roberts

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