Being a super-crazy fan of a sport or a team might endanger personal relationships and wreak havoc on the life, new research reveals.
Josh Klapow, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham clinical psychologist in the School of Public Health, said that extreme dedication to football might lead people to obsession, which in turn may produce negativity in the person's behaviour.
"Football is an all-American sport and people love it, especially in the South. But for some people, watching football can become an obsession," said Klapow.
"It's not how much time you spend watching football that matters, it's whether or not that is causing negative behaviours in your life. Whether it's 10 hours per week or 40, the issue is its effect on your real-life obligation," he added.
Klapow said that if someone's personal relationship is getting affected due to the partner's madness for sports then the maniac should be made to recognise the problem.
Klapow advised the following tips to tackle sports addiction:
1. Keep a log for one week of how much time is spent watching, listening or playing online sports.
2. Set limits, such as one sporting event per week, two hours or less watching sports, etc.
3. Allow your family an opinion on those rules, which might include not missing important family gatherings, such as birthdays or anniversaries for sporting events.
4. Substitute new behaviours for sports viewing, such as exercise or spending time with family or friends.