ESA Disputes Game Addiction Research Methodology

The Entertainment Software Association is responding to widely-publicized research that purports to show that 1 in 10 young gamers show symptoms of addiction, pointing out errors in the study methodology and urging Psychological Science magazine not to publish it.

According to the study, conducted by Dr. Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University, addicted gamers play 24 hours a week, twice as much as more casual players, and they show at least six symptoms of gambling addiction -- including lying about play habits, becoming irritable when not playing, and even stealing to support their habit.

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Parapraxis3522d ago (Edited 3522d ago )

Great article, glad to see the ESA taking action.

In it's core IMO the study itself is foolish.

The same study could be applied to people in movie theatres and I'm pretty sure people who were interrupted or pulled away from their viewing would be equally if not more annoyed by such things, and be percieved as "addicted".