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Spending Too Much Time Playing Video Games

Luke spends a lot of time playing video games in his room. He doesn’t spend any time with

his friends anymore and his dad is worried…

Dad: Luke, I’ve noticed that you spend a lot of time playing video games instead of seeing

your friends. Is everything OK?

Luke: Play video games is really fun and my friends aren’t always around. Everyone plays

video games…

Dad: What do you like about it?

Luke: It’s interesting and challenging. I’m never bored when I’m playing video games.

Dad: I’m worried about how much time you spend in your room. How much time do you

spend playing video games every week?

Luke: About 20 hours?

Dad: Wow, that’s a lot of time! Do you have any ideas about how you could spend less time

playing video games so that you have time for other things?

Luke: Mm… I could spend one hour playing video games and one hour outside every day.

Dad: That’s a great idea! And you can only play video games when your homework is


Luke: OK, dad…

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Spending Too Much Time Playing Video Games


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