We've had kids who take video games so seriously that they sometimes get to enjoy a video game ban. At least once, before returning to video game action the kid had to read and discuss David A. Bednar's talk "Things As They Really Are."
Our youngest seems to be on the same path. He woke up this morning and I said, "Good morning, [Screamapilar]." He said nothing in return, but he then said to our older kid's stuffed dolphin Splash, "Good morning, Splashy."
I said, "You won't say hi to your father but you'll say hi to a pretend animal?" He said, "Splash is real." I said, "No, he's a collection of fabric and stuffing fashioned by a Chinese political dissident. Relationships with real people matter. Your parents and your siblings are real. Focus on those relationships first. Then, if you still have emotional bandwidth remaining, go ahead and have a relationship with a stuffed animal."
The saddest part of this is that I think our kids are way better than other kids their age when it comes to screen time, social media, and living in the real world. The inability of other families to limit their children's digital addictions is so bad that it's made libertarian me think, "There might be some wisdom in banning children from cell phones."