10-3 | Problem Gaming

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Problem Gaming
A Short Primer

Thomas E. Gorman, Douglas A. Gentile, and C. Shawn Green

Abstract:

As the popularity of video games has risen so too has the worry about the problems associated with playing them. The authors review the research concerning problem gaming, its similarity to some clinical addictions like gambling and drug and alcohol abuse, and current treatment options. They conclude that, regardless of how researchers and medical professionals assess the nature of a gaming disorder, few who play video games experience negative consequences from doing so and, at best, only a small subset of players might be considered to suffer from an addiction to it. Keywords: addiction; internet gaming disorder; problem gaming; video games