Disagreements About Video Game Addictions
from the not-quite-there dept
We’ve seen plenty of stories about psychologists claiming there was a problem with people being “addicted to video games”, but now some actual research is being done, and one psychologist is saying that video games are no more addictive than school or work. That is, unlike alcohol or drugs, there’s no chemical dependency issue – it’s a self-created addiction. However, plenty of video game players describe themselves as addicted, and that’s good enough for many psychologists – who point out that self-described video game addicts often end up having “family conflict and romantic failure as a result of their hobby.” Of course, one could claim that the family conflict or romantic failures made the person retreat more into the video game – or even that both the problems and the excessive video gaming were caused by a third factor. However, it’s probably just easier for psychologists to bring in new business by claiming video game “addiction” causes all the problems.