Are you addicted to playing video games?

Yes, definitely - my addiction makes my life complete
2
7%
No of course I'm not - I can stop any time I want, I just don't feel like stopping right now, OK? OK! Now let me get back to Fallout 3.
4
14%
I don't think I am, but I do play games a lot - so I possibly am addicted, bugger
1
4%
I'm only a casual gamer, but play games regularly
12
43%
I enjoy video games occasionally, but could live without them
4
14%
I don't play video games
5
18%
 
Total voters : 28

Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby Tama on Tue 21/Apr/09 2:26pm

What do you reckon?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games ... cted-study wrote:About one in 10 videogame players show signs of addictive behaviour that could have negative effects on their family, friends and school work, according to a new study.

Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) and the National Institute on Media and the Family found that some gamers show at least six symptoms of gambling addiction such as lying to family and friends about how much they play games, using the games to escape their problems and becoming restless or irritable when they stop playing.

They may also skip homework to play videogames or spend too much time playing the games and do poorly in school.

"While the medical community currently does not recognize video game addiction as a mental disorder, hopefully this study will be one of many that allow us to have an educated conversation on the positive and negative effects of video games," Dr Douglas Gentile, an assistant professor of psychology at ISU, said in a statement.

Dr David Walsh, the president of the National Institute on Media and the Family which strives to minimize the harm of media on the health and development of children and families, said the findings are a wake-up call for families.

"This study gives everyone a better idea of the scope of the problem," he explained.

The researchers, who studied 1,178 American children and teenagers, aged 8 to 18, found some displayed at least six of 11 symptoms of pathological gambling as defined by the American Psychiatric Association.

Addicted gamers played videogames 24 hours a week, twice as much as casual gamers. Some addicted gamers even steal to support their habit, according to the findings that will be published in the journal Psychological Science.

"While video games can be fun and entertaining, some kids are getting into trouble. I continue to hear from families who are concerned about their child's gaming habits. Not only do we need to focus on identifying the problem, but we need to find ways to help families prevent and treat it," said Walsh.
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby Flyboy on Tue 21/Apr/09 2:39pm

I used to get irritable when younger and parents would not allow me to play computer games, but thats probably more because the alternaltive was to cook dinner or do chores, so dont think that counts :D
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Tue 21/Apr/09 2:47pm

Where is the option for "I wish over zealous psychologists and conservative advocacy groups would stop moralising about what I do in my free time"? :eh:
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby ants06 on Tue 21/Apr/09 2:49pm

NO NO NO .... i can stop playing video games any time i want ( just like giving up vorb) :blush:

now go away and leave me alone im busy :paranoid:

Games are the outlet of all my pent up rage , if i didn't play them id have to find other less savory ways of letting it out
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby Tama on Tue 21/Apr/09 2:50pm

E Dogg Capizzle wrote:Where is the option for "I wish over zealous psychologists and conservative advocacy groups would stop moralising about what I do in my free time"? :eh:

That's in my other poll about whether you're addicted to dressing up farm animals in lingerie :)
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby happybaboon on Tue 21/Apr/09 3:00pm

I play games much less than I would like to. Other shit is always getting in the way :(
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby Chickenman on Tue 21/Apr/09 3:12pm

happybaboon wrote:I play games much less than I would like to. Other shit is always getting in the way :(
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby radiusq on Tue 21/Apr/09 3:28pm

Of course you're addicted, they make them that way. It's like saying that crack is a little bit moreish. A game isn't good unless it forces you to say "one more go" 100times in a row.
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby Troll on Tue 21/Apr/09 9:02pm

Does a similar addiction to Vorbing at work count?
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby avantibill on Tue 21/Apr/09 9:34pm

When I got my PS3 about 6 months ago, my posts and surfing on Vorb dropped dramatically as well as my TV viewing. Now I think I have only used my PS3 (for games) twice in the last 3 weeks :hmmm:
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Re: Are You Addicted To Playing Video Games?

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Wed 29/Apr/09 9:58am

The ESA's main point of contention hinges on the fact that the study claims only about a 3 percent margin of error in its population sampling of 1,178 American kids aged 8-18.

But it was not a randomly-chosen sampling; instead, participants were invited to participate via an opt-in online panel of the type that offers users redeemable points or gifts in exchange for completing surveys.


What, genuine scientific research deosn't rely on opt in online questionaires???? :D

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_i ... tory=23374
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