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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    Richy, 21 Jun 2007 @ 10:00pm

    I Play im not addicted

    Addicition is defined as living for the sole purpose of an extra influence, and being physically or mentally unable to cope without that influence. So many things can be classified as an addiction love is an addiction, biking can be addictive, sleeping even. Based on the pressumptions of a few loose Dr.s (wich is all it takes to stir up controversy)we should then presume that people who do something excessively have an addiction and therefore have a disorder. What are the symptoms of this video gaming disorder other than a need to play. I have been playing WoW four a couple of months now, I play regularly and even for extreme extended periods, does this mean I also have a so called disorder. OF COURSE NOT! I have a social life, i go to parties,I ski race internationally, I do club road biking, I go to school I have friends and a gilfriend. I am not a social outcast, and do not belive I will become one yet I am considered by my parents to have a video game disorder. I agree that a need to play video is most likely caused by an underlying root. Therefore I Do not belive in anyway someone who plays video games extensively has a so called disorder. Even when someone makes video games and computers their sole purpose of living and they have no social contact and never see sunlight, that is still their choice, which i would most definately see as an addiction yet not a disorder. Do we say smokers have a disorder because they are addicted to tobacco (I don't, and I don't know anyone who does).

    The answer is simple everyone has something the like or love and because they love that thing and can do it extensively, they all hava disorder.

    We all have a disorder.

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