Latest Video game addiction Stories

2009-09-16 10:45:56

Sweden's Youth Care Foundation says video game addiction is reaching dangerous levels in several countries worldwide. Foundation official Sven Rollenhagen said his group received scores of e-mails and telephone calls from around the globe after it compared the video game World of Warcraft to cocaine in a February report, The Local reported Wednesday. This is a huge hidden problem in a lot of countries and it doesn't get the same kind of attention because it takes place largely behind closed...

2009-06-08 18:09:16

People who say they are addicted to playing video games sleep less but generally don't recognize their pastime could be responsible, U.S. researchers found. Amanda Woolems of the University of Arkansas in Little Rock says previous research had shown excessive gamers spend less time in bed, have longer sleep latency and shorter REM latency. Our statistics revealed that those who admitted addiction scored higher on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale -- sleepiness, Woolems said in a statement. It...

2009-04-20 10:05:00

Parents have been saying for years that their kids are "addicted" to video games, but a new study by an Iowa State University psychology professor is the first to actually report that pathological patterns of video game addiction exist in a national sample of youth, aged 8 to 18. In a national Harris Poll survey of 1,178 American youths (ages 8-18), ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile found nearly one in 10 of the gamers (8.5 percent) to be pathological players according to...

2009-02-26 22:50:00

A Swedish youth organization said the computer game World of Warcraft is dangerously addicting. The Youth Care Foundation describes the online fantasy game as the cocaine of the computer games world, The Local reported Thursday. There is not a single case of game addiction that we have worked with in which World of Warcraft has not played a part, foundation official Sven Rollenhagen told the newspaper Metro. A Swedish youth was hospitalized last year after he collapsed during a 20-hour World...

2009-02-10 05:57:00

VIENNA, Austria, February 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- bwin is the founding sponsor of The Transparency Project, the world's first ever public data repository for privately-funded datasets related to addictive behavior. The project is an initiative of the Division on Addictions, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Teaching Affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Its purpose is to make data available to scientists so that they can advance the available empirical evidence and knowledge base about...

2008-07-30 18:00:29

The author of a book on Internet addiction says that 5 to 10 percent of the U.S. population is hooked with larger percentages in other countries addicted. Kimberly Young, clinical director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, told Medill News Service that many addicts are hooked on one particular aspect of the Internet. The major ones include online gambling and gaming, sex sites, compulsive surfers and even addiction to eBay. Coleen Moore of the Illinois Center for Addiction...

2008-06-13 12:35:00

A new Australian study has found that playing video games does not translate into poor social skills.  The research, conducted by psychology graduate Daniel Loton, queried 621 adults, mainly Australian males, who responded to an online survey. The questionnaire included scales to measure self-esteem, social skills and identify "dependence forming" and "problematic" behavior.  The results showed that 15 respondents were "problem gamers" who spent more than 50 hours a week playing...

2005-09-14 07:30:00

TOKYO -- Warning: online game playing can be hazardous to health. So far, such a warning -- usually reserved for addictive products like cigarettes and liquor -- has yet to appear on the growing stable of online game titles rapidly gaining popularity in Asia. But that could soon change, as the industry's rapid growth gives rise to a new generation of addicts, like the South Korean man who died of heart failure after playing a game called "StarCraft" for 50 hours at an Internet cafe. The...

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