The burgeoning world of online video games has spawned a new experience of
compulsive gaming. The video game industry is a $66 billion dollar global enterprise
and a 2007 a study found nearly 12 percent of 7,000 respondents were diagnosed
as “addicted” to video games. A Springer
Link research study, showed
as high as 40 percent of online video gamers played to escape from the real
world. Escape as a coping mechanism a key component of any kind of compulsion
or obsession. Gaming problems addiction are often an impulse control disorder.
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A study in the American Academy of Pediatrics evaluated the link between violent
video games and aggression in children. Video game addiction statistics showed
children who spent excessive amounts of time playing violent video games were
more likely to display aggressive behavior in their daily lives. These same
statistics showed ongoing game play resulted in poorer grades and difficult
relationships with their parents.
Adults can become addicted to gaming as well. If you or your child is experiencing
any of the following, consider getting help:
- Poor job or academic performance
- Disregard for personal hygiene
- Behavior problems at school or work
- Emotional outbursts when confronted about gaming behaviors
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTS) can help you, your child or a loved
one cope with gaming compulsions.
WebMD: Video Game Addiction No Fun