Research firm Harris Interactive conducted a survey of 1,178 US children and concluded that "gaming addiction is real and on the rise". The research reveals that 8.5% of 8-18 year-olds quested were deemed to be "pathologically or clinically addicted to playing video games".

23% of the males questioned claim to feel addicted to games, while only 13% of females questioned claim to have the gaming bug.

Other figures to emerge from the study reveal that the average 8-12 year-old plays 13 hours of video games per week, with this increasing to 14 hours for 13-18 year-olds.

Dr. Douglas Gentile, director for research for the National Institute on Media and Family said: "It is important that people realise that playing a lot is not the same thing as pathological play. For something to be an addiction, it has to mean more to you do it a lot. It has to mean that you do it in such a way that it damages your life."

Dr. Gentile is concerned that video game addiction is having a detrimental effect on children's lives, noting: "Almost one out of every ten youth gamers show enough symptoms of damage to their school, family, and psychological functioning to merit serious concern."

New stuff to check out


To add your comment, please login or register
View Full Site