Report Documents Video Game Addiction

InformationWeek.Com Apr 2, 2007
A January survey of more than 1,100 youths from ages 8 to 18 found that addicted gamers receive lower grades in school than their peers, Harris Interactive says. Close to one in 10 U.S. children and teenagers who play video games are addicted and suffer problems in their school and family lives as a result, a research firm said Monday. A January survey of more than 1,100 youths from ages 8 to 18 found that addicted gamers receive lower grades in school than their peers and are more likely to have been diagnosed with an attention deficit problem, Harris Interactive said.

Researchers involved in the study said the prevalence of gaming among young people made the findings a reason for concern. “Almost one out of every 10 youth gamers show enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and psychological functioning to merit serious concern,” Douglas Gentile, director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, said in a statement. Video game addicts are more likely to have game consoles in their bedroom and spend an average of 24.5 hours per week shooting imaginary bad guys in the virtual worlds. Besides being more likely to perform poorly in school, addicts get into more physical fights and are physically heavier than nonaddicts.
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NZ UpdateVideo game addiction ‘disorder’ – doctors
Christchurch Press 27 June 07
New Zealand psychologists say video game addiction should be officially recognised as a psychiatric disorder.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/4109044a10.html