Video gaming isn’t an addiction

Excess video gaming is a bad habit, not an addiction, the American Medical Association has decided. But the AMA called for more research.

The AMA’s report says up to 90 percent of American youngsters play video games and that up to 15 percent of them — more than 5 million kids — might be addicted.

. . . Internet role-playing games involving multiple players, which can suck kids into an online fantasy world, are the most problematic, the report says.

An obsession with video games “may be a symptom of social anxiety, depression or another psychiatric problem,” one doctor said.

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  1. Deirdre Mundy says:

    A 14 year old playing on the computer for 10 hours a night?

    Where were his parents? Why did they let him keep playing?

    This doesn’t sound as much like an addiction as a lack of discipline…..

  2. Just John says:

    A “symptom of social anxiety, depression or another psychiatric problem”?

    No, it’s a symptom of this stupid boss getting cheap kills on me, that’s what it’s a symptom of… and what’s with the floating platforms above bottomless pits? Hello, unsafe working environment?

  3. I’m glad the problem is only with games sucking people into fantasy worlds and not books.

  4. The answer is to wean these addicts over to Yu-Gi-Oh cards; like substituting methadone for heroin.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    What happened was psychiatrists were denied access to health insurance policies for a while more. BMW dealers will have to be patient.

  6. So if the video game includes frequent, graphic pornographic images and the teenager plays for 10 hours a day, is it now an addiction or still just a bad habit?

  7. Walter E. Wallis says:

    “is it now an addiction or still just a bad habit?”

    A field of study?