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Is your partner's video game habit getting in the way of your sex life? Advice for solving this common problem

Sexologist Shannon Boodram shares tips and techniques to get you on the same page.

Sexologist Shannon Boodram shares tips and techniques to get you on the same page

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While we tend to think of video games as a fun after-work activity akin to binge-watching a TV show, they have the potential to meddle in our relationships in ways we may not have considered before. According to a 2018 report from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, 61% of Canadians consider themselves to be "gamers", with those belonging to that group spending, on average, 10 hours a week gaming. Last summer, the World Health Organization declared "compulsive video gaming" a mental health condition. Though only 3% of gamers are believed to be affected in this way, it's easy to see how many more could experience lesser disruptions in their daily lives and intimate relationships as a result of the time they spend playing.

If you're someone who's seen your sex life and intimacy come second to your partner's video game habit, sexologist Shannon Boodram has some tips and techniques for getting back on track. As Boodram argues, individual hobby time is important in relationships — it just shouldn't come at the expense of them. Check out the video below for all her advice.

Sexologist Shannon Boodram shares tips and techniques to get you on the same page. 3:57

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