One in 10 video gaming youths could be addicted - Game Hunters: In search of video games and interactive awesomeness - USATODAY.comOne in 10 video gaming youths could be addicted
Can you become addicted to video games?
A new research article out today in the journal Psychological Science suggests that the answer is yes.
Nearly one in 10 children and teens who play video games showed signs of what could be considered addiction to games in a January 2007 Harris poll that the research is based upon.
The poll of 1,178 U.S. kids and teens (aged 8 to 18) found that 8.5% of those who played video games exhibited at least six of 11 addiction symptoms such as skipping household chores or homework to play games, poor performance on tests of homework because of playing, and playing games to escape problems.
Exhibiting six of 11 such symptoms can lead to being diagnosed with an addiction such as pathological gambling. The Iowa State University researchers adopted the gambling addiction criteria for its self-administered questionaire because there is no current medical diagnosis of video game addiction.
Read the article to see other symptoms and to get a link to the original work cited.
I'm sure no one here is addicted to videogames.