Video Game Addiction
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nearly one in 10 children and teens who play video games show behavioral signs that may indicate addiction. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study of video games in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Some children and teens who play video games may be as hooked on gaming as gamblers are to cards and slot machines.

Researchers studied a national Harris Poll survey and found that nearly nine percent of youths 8 to 18 who play video games show collective signs of addiction.

Video addicts among the 1,200 youths surveyed played much more often than casual gamers, made worse grades, fired up their computers to escape from reality, had more trouble paying attention in school, got in more fights and were more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorders.

The study, which used an online questionnaire, is the first to document video game addiction among young people using a nationally representative sample.

The most commonly reported symptoms of pathological game use included skipping chores to play video games, playing to escape problems or bad feelings, spending more time thinking about playing, skipping homework to play video games and getting a poor grade because of playing video games.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.