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Nearly 1 in 10 gamers show signs of addiction

Submitted by on Tuesday, 2 March 20105 Comments

It’s report time again!  Australian researchers have concluded that approximately one in ten gamers are showing symptoms of addiction.

We urge readers to think about their nine closest friends, if they seem ok, then it’s you who has the problem.

SMH reports that a research team led by associate professor Vladan Starcevic – at the Psychological Medicine Department of Nepean Hospital in Sydney –  surveyed almost 2000 video game players aged 14 and above .

Out of these 2000, it was found that 156 appeared to have a problem.

In an absolute brainstorm, it turns out the people who were most susceptible to addiction and over use were young, single males.  It also seems the more problematic people play MMOs and drink lots of caffeine.

Apparently, some health professionals are even in favour of treating game and Internet addiction as an actual mental disorder.

We think it would be prudent to list the indicators of game addiction, so that you can all check yourselves over;

  • Recurrent thoughts and urges about playing
  • Restlessness and irritability when not playing
  • Repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back
  • Studies or work negatively affected
  • Problems in “significant relationships”
  • Giving up other social activities
  • Sore eyes, back pain, strain injuries
  • Sleep loss, weight gains or losses of 5kg

Did anyone else read the first point and think “uh oh”?  We think that the whole team at PS3 Attitude has a problem – to rehab!

On a more serious note, we think it would be safe to say that all of us at one point have become engrossed in a game – after all, isn’t that the whole point?

However, can’t we also say the same about a good book or a gripping action movie?

To us, this report seems like money wasted – but are we underestimating what could be an actual legitimate problem?

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