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!