Game Addiction: Is It as Widespread an Issue as the WHO Thinks?

The freedom of the holidays is great but it provides ample opportunity to develop or worsen an issue many gamers face.

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FallenAngel19841261d ago

You could get addicted with anything

Seraphim1261d ago

while that's possibly true the bigger question is.... what kind of other issues can be attributed to their concern or classification. ie: especially but not limited to mental. depression, social anxiety, etc. And if not what other factor is the cause for them neglecting life. Priorities not straight, no desire, no will, etc.

I certainly love my video games and have an addictive personalty but to say that addiction is real, that's just a bit reaching. Furthermore unlike with drugs, sex, or other addictions one supposedly addicted to gaming won't have the same mental anguish and troubles kicking the habit or lowering use to what those experts would deem acceptable. Though technically once addicted any use would be deemed unacceptable.

doos_vd_kak1261d ago

In everything else it's a "passion" but if it's gaming, it's an "addiction"

raWfodog1260d ago

Anything is bad for you if it causes "a pattern of persistent or recurrent...behaviour so severe that it takes "precedence over other life interests" as it is defined by WHO. There's a big difference between being 'passionate' about gaming (which a lot of us are) and being 'addicted' or obsessed with it to the point that you neglect your health, family, friends, and other normal life activities. The more severe cases are where someone dies from exhaustion after a marathon gaming session, refusing to eat or sleep ( If you know someone like that, get them help.

Elda1261d ago (Edited 1261d ago )

It's a passion & a hobby for me,been playing pinball & video games for about 41 years now. When I'm on vacation from work which I happen to be now I play almost everyday but when I'm back at work I only play Fridays & Sat nights with some of my good friends.

chris2351261d ago

people's minds basically equal crap, that's no secret. also that there are minds out there that get addicted to anything. it's not a gaming phenomenon. it's a phenomenon of this species.

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