Are Video Games Addictive?

video game addiction

video game addiction

From a strictly legal point of view, video game addiction (sometimes referred to as “video game overuse”) is not officially recognized as a disorder by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Taken at face value, some people would cite this as proof that video game addiction simply isn’t a real disorder. It’s important to understand, however, that the APA never said video game addiction wasn’t real — only that they lacked sufficient research and evidence to prove that it was (source).

That being said, what do YOU think? I’m sure we all know people who are crazy about video games (including ourselves), but is it possible to actually be physically and/or mentally addicted to video games? Please share your thoughts!

6 Responses to “Are Video Games Addictive?”

  1. Sam says:

    Yes I do think video games are addictave.

  2. Yes, they are addictive. It brings fun and excitement into our lives, which are generally full of pressure. It takes us into another world of no responsibilities fo a while. Is that bad? I don’t think so.

  3. Donna Gibson says:

    Yes. They can be addictive. Sure they are great for a getaway from the real world for a while, but when they start interferring with things in the real world (ie missing appointments, calling in sick to play video games, spending money on video games instead of paying a bill like rent, etc.), that is when I think the person has a problem and needs to get help. It is like gambling, it isn’t truly bad until it causes problems.

  4. brokentrail says:

    I dont think videogames are addictive. they are a great stress release. if there weren’t so many a#$H&^%$ in the world there wouldn’t be a need for so many video games.

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