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.
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    Dee, 18 Jan 2008 @ 4:27am

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    If its your job, I don't see it as an addiction but if your taking it home with you and its taking away from your social life, friends, family, if it takes away from your child, wife activities with your family, if your prefer your games over your friends and family and your social life then I would say that you would have an addiction. If your family state to you that you have a problem in gaming, chances are definitly that you have a problem. If person eats, sleeps and their thoughts are continously on their gaming its and addiction. Its up to that person to identify and stop denying that they have a problem.

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