Video Game Addiction As An Official Disorder?
from the nice-try dept
Apparently, there’s an effort under way to get the American Medical Association to classify video game addiction as an official disorder. Of course, almost all of the claims concerning video game addiction have been from psychologists trying to drum up extra business — while research has said that video games are no more “addictive” than school or work. Others have pointed out that there’s no real evidence that there’s any real addiction in video games, and often it appears that so-called “video game addiction” is simply a symptom of some other problem which goes untreated if all the focus is on the so-called addiction to video games. There’s nothing wrong with noting that excessive video gaming is a problem, but in defining it as an addiction in its own right, it seems that it will take away from understanding the root causes of the problem and focus on just treating symptoms.