Missing The Important Question About Video Game Addiction
from the is-it-harmful? dept
In the past, we've made fun of the speed at which people love to pull out the "a" word: addict. Lots of people pick up on any activity that people do frequently and immediately label it as "addictive" as if that's a bad thing. The latest is a new study that suggests video games meet the criteria for addiction. Whether or not that's true is a separate question, but the problem with the article (and many other articles on other types of addictions) is that it doesn't focus on the real issue. If the addiction is really there: is it harmful? That may be an open question, but it's the important one. Instead, by throwing out the "addict" word, people try to imply that it is harmful without actually proving it.