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19 September 2011

Sports addiction ruins relationships

Watching sports can be fun for people who love it, but some fans may become so fixated on the sport it threatens their relationships and quality of life, an expert warns.

Watching sports can be fun for people who love it, but some fans may become so fixated on the sport it threatens their relationships and quality of life, an expert warns.

Klapow established some guidelines to help people figure out if their love of sport is just a fun pastime or an unhealthy obsession. The following behaviours may signal that a fan is losing a grip on reality and becoming addicted:

  • Thinking about sport while doing other things.
  • Becoming irritated when a game is interrupted.
  • Missing important family or other events to watch a game.
  • Becoming depressed, angry or violent when a certain team loses.

  • Keep a weekly log of time spent watching or listening to sports or playing them online.
  • Limit exposure to sporting events to one per week for two hours or less.
  • Ask family and friends to weigh in on decisions about whether or not to skip sporting events that conflict with important occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries and other gatherings.
  • Do something else. Rather than watch or listen to sports, exercise or socialise with family or friends.
  • Seek help from a mental health professional to help manage an obsession with sports.

 
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