Leicester polygraph proves teens gaming addiction
Leicester polygraph proves Lisa’s son Toby guilty of lying about his gaming habits. Lisa became worried about Toby over lockdown last year when he started to spend more time online gaming with his friends due to the restrictions. Here is Lisa’s case and the outcome.
When lockdown hit last autumn, Emma agreed to let Toby play more online games. She explains it was one of the few rewards she could offer Toby after a day of successful home schooling. Lisa also wanted Toby to keep in touch with his friends and socialise, the online gaming platforms offered that to some extent. However, since being back at school more this year, Lisa has noticed a change in Toby and her concerns have grown.
When the issues started
The issues began when Toby was playing up at school. His first school report back said he didn’t pay attention in class and was becoming rude to his teachers. The headteacher called Lisa into school to discuss Toby and said a few teachers were concerned he might have ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). Lisa consulted Toby’s GP and they went through a series of questions with Toby present. Toby didn’t show any obvious signs of ADHD so the doctor said he didn’t need referring. Instead, he said the behaviour was likely due to lockdown and that things should settle back down again for Toby once hes back into his routine.
Something isn’t right
Toby started to act up more at home. He became angry and aggressive towards Lisa who became tired of telling him off. Giving into his behaviours, she allowed him to play more and more on his game. However, when she told Toby to go to bed, she was becoming concerned that he was sneaking back onto his game.
One evening suspecting Toby was still awake on his game, she unplugged the internet. However, the next morning when she came downstairs, she could see the wires were back in. She questioned Toby but he denied doing anything. Lisa knew Toby was lying and was exhausted from the issues that were arising.
Time for a lie detector test
Stuck for what to do, Lisa rang her sister Gemma and confided in her that she was concerned about Toby. Gemma had recently seen an article in the newspaper about gaming addiction developing in teens since the lockdown. She told Lisa that if she was concerned that Toby was lying to hide his addiction to the gaming, she should take him for a lie detector test. Gemma said the test might offer a reality check to Toby and make him see that he is addicted to gaming.
Later that day, Lisa asked Toby if he would take a lie detector test. Toby was actually excited for the test saying it sounded like something from one of his games. The following week the pair showed up to our Leicester office for the test.
The results showed that Toby had been lying about reconnecting the internet cable, and about how much time he was spending on his games. He admitted to his mum that he was spending more and more time on them but argued that was because of his friends. Lisa thanked us for our help in clarifying that Toby had a problem and was lying over it. Lisa has now informed us that she is undergoing diagnosis for gaming addiction with Toby and they are trying to find a healthy balance back in his life.