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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    magicdiablo, 18 Jun 2007 @ 8:21am


    It's called a pause button for a reason. Use it and go do something. And game makers also added a save function as well. Get off your fat asses and get out. I'm a gammer, I play 10-20 hours a week if not more. I will admit I have been engrosed in a game for hours on end. But I mainly play those on the weekends. But to be addicted to video games and to have it impare your life, grow the hell up! It's only a game for crying out loud! No wonder this country is considered the fattest in the world. I understand if it is your job to play games, wish I had that job instead of being in the Marine Corps. GET A LIFE! Oh and World of Warcraft isn't all that great of a game anyway, I have more fun playing a free MMO than i did playing WoW. Granted, WoW can be fun, but it just got boring after a while, I mean you can only die a few times before quiting LOL. Just to get you WoW players off my back about it, I have several lvl 35 characters on WoW, so I do have some experience with the game. And Addicted to Games, they do have warning lables inside the instruction manual. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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