Video Game Addiction Back In The News

from the time-to-drum-up-some-business... dept

We're always a little wary when psychologists start talking about some new "addiction" to technology. It often seems to come from a psychologist who is clearly trying to drum up more business for their own practice. For a while, the popular one was internet addiction, and that still gets some press every month or so. However, this time it's video game addictions that are back in the news. Of course, an actual study last year (not just simply psychologists talking about things) suggested that video games, by themselves, are no more addictive than school or work. In other words, while some people clearly do have problems giving up video game play, it's not so much an addiction, as a symptom of other problems. Blaming the games seems a bit simplistic, and unlikely to get at the real issues.

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    achacha, Oct 5th, 2004 @ 11:45am


    Well if marijuana was legalized kids wouldn't be turning to these "dangerous" legal highs and getting addicted. :)

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    Tweeky, Aug 24th, 2008 @ 2:01am

    My Answer

    Admit it gaming and the internet are addictive, but that doesn't mean that it's bad. If you spend whole your day to play games then your just spending your time...if you keep studying for school or work and you already know everything, then you're also spending your time! Self control can resolve all your addiction problems remember this.

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