While watching the PBS Documentary I was struck at the comments starting at 14:00. That we reward people for staying up all night reading, but chastise them for video game playing. Both people are driven and attending to information, but one is more “acceptable.”
At times, we will have parents bring their child into our clinic for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment. And more times than not, the parent will say their child can’t concentrate in school, or on homework, but they can play video games for hours and hours and hours. I like to remind the parent that their child seems to have good attention skills, it’s just through video games. I think this is a good reminder for therapists, parents, and really everyone that we need to always remember to reframe what attention looks like.