What Are The Risks of Online Gaming?

Over 2.5 billion people regularly enjoy online games, with 66% in the US admitting to playing video games for at least an hour a week. 

US gamers under 18 make up over 20%, a concern to parents who may feel helpless to defend their kids from the dangers lurking online. 

In this article, I’ll discuss 4 of the biggest technological and social risks of online gaming (not to be confused with online gambling), and give you some of my best tips to minimize them.

Online Gaming Is Everywhere

Stats indicate there are between 16 and 29 million players online at any one time. Gaming online is a different beast from single-player or offline gaming, and comes with both its own appeal and risk.

On the one hand, you get to compete in real-time, build friendships, and interact with people you’d never otherwise meet. Gaming is not just about socializing — most gamers claim they get joy out of gaming, and that video games provide them with mental stimulation and something to do on the train.

On the other hand, playing with complete strangers may expose you to real dangers. 

4 Major Online Gaming Risks

It’s wise to know about the risks that come with online gaming before you decide how and when to let your children play, or even whether to play yourself. 

Some players may have ulterior motives, and others can be incredibly toxic. Then you also face the risk of overspending, both in time and money, or

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