Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New survey sheds light on video-game addiction

A study of 1,178 American youngsters, aged eight to 18, by researchers from Iowa State University, looked into the nature and extent of addiction to video games. The researchers used the same criteria for video game addiction as that used to diagnose pathological gambling. The study found that 8.5% of the gamers were pathological players whose game playing caused damage to their family, social and school lives and whose mental health was being affected by their obsession. The pathological gamers played video games 24 hours per week and were more likely to have video-game systems in their bedrooms. They had more trouble paying attention in school, received poorer grades and had more health problems. They were also more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

You can find out more about this research at

http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUKTRE53G5JD20090417?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

8 comments:

DAVID said...

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wrathofnino said...

Wow, this article hits so close to home... I blog about this type of thing all the time over at my page http://wrathofnino.wordpress.com!

I am a recovering Wowaholic (yes, video games ARE an addiction), played for 2 years and almost lost my job, family and wife over my obsession. It was all I could think about, it dominated every waking moment of my conscious, (and unconscious at night) mind.

After years of emotional neglect, my family had finally had enough... I was grossly overweight, unhealthy, and a pain to deal with on a daily basis. I quick one night after things had finally hit rock bottom... gave away all my stuff, said goodbye to my online "friends" and signed off... been 6 months now and I am so happy! I have lost over 85lbs, my health is back and my relationship with my wife and daughter has never been stronger.

Yes, online gaming addiction DOES exist... still don't believe me, check out this website too http://www.wowdetox.com... sad testimony to something so devastating and so misunderstood.

http://wrathofnino.wordpress.com/category/index/addicted-to-wow/

John Gale said...

Thanks for your comments. Wrathofnino I am glad to hear that you have overcome this problem - good luck for the future!

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