Video game "addiction" may be common

Parents who think their children are "addicted" to their video games may be right in many cases, a new study suggests.

The study, of nearly 1,200 U.S. children and teenagers, found that almost 10 percent showed signs of pathological video-game use -- meeting the definition normally used for gauging pathological gambling.

Recently, researchers have been interested in the potential for young people to develop an unhealthy preoccupation with video games and the Internet. Experts have stopped short of labeling such behavior as addiction, but some studies do suggest that kids can become overly attached to their computers.

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Shnazzyone3301d ago

Maybe if we all pretend it is a addiction the government can send us checks for when we don't play video games. Live off of social services. Then secretly still be horribly addicted to gaming.

caladbolg7773301d ago (Edited 3301d ago )

"about 25 hours per week, on average."

Jeebus H. Christmas. Steam says that I play about 40hrs a week of Left4Dead and Team Fortress 2 combined. Factoring in MMOs and console games, I'd venture to say that I'm gaming anywhere from 50 to 60 hrs a week. If 25 hrs a week is an "addiction", I must have some sort of gaming-holism.

My parents should have pulled the plug when I was a child. I've turned in to some sort of monster!

thebudgetgamer3301d ago

i have a friend that cant go through his day without his cup of cofee but theres never any backlash against juan valdez.