A study has come out indicating video game addiction to be a major cause of disorders such as OCD, ADHD and depression. Video Game addiction is commonly found to be a problem among young and single men who are prone to certain psychiatric disorders.
The research which was published in the scientific journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors point to gaming as being an outlet or escapist activity for their relative dysfunctions. The crux of their findings suggest a correlation with excessive video game playing and a host of personality disorders like hyperactivity, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. Researchers believe it is important to keep a watchful eye on young men who exhibit or are known to be affected by such maladjustments.
“Excessively engaging in gaming may function as an escape mechanism for, or coping with, underlying psychiatric disorders in attempt to alleviate unpleasant feelings, and to calm restless bodies.”
-Cecilie Schou Andreassen
Cecilie Schou Andreassen a clinical psychologist specialist and doctor of psychology at the Department of Psychosocial Science, University of Bergen lead the study and determined that video game addiction serves as a coping mechanism for their personality disorders. It can adversely affect every aspect of their lives and have tremendous consequences socially, economically and emotionally.
The study observed 20,000 male and female subjects and identified the male subset as the ones more vulnerable to addiction, specifically the single demographic not in a relationship. Another interesting facet of the study was the different types of media that women and men gravitate towards. Men typically prefer gambling, online gaming and pornography while woman are more likely to be partial towards texting, social media and online shopping.
The clinical trial focused on seven different data points to ascertain whether one was addicted to video games.
- Thinking incessantly about playing all day long
- Increasingly more time spent devoted to playing
- You play to forget about your problems and life
- Other people have attempted to dissuade you from playing to no avail
- Feeling bad when unable to play
- Fighting with friends and family over usage
- Neglecting personal responsibilities
Subjects scoring high on at least four of the seven criteria were considered addicted to gaming. Schou Andreassen added that this is the exception and that most people tend to have a healthy relationship with video game playing however.
It would appear that you can be addicted to just about anything these days. Food, sex, video games, shopping, gambling and there are new addictions popping up by the minute. In this ever increasing and fast changing world we are constantly being bombarded with stimuli competing for our attention. The result is a sort of pullback on our part to reclaim our right to be completely immersed in the escapist activity of our choosing. A little of this might not be so bad, but the problem comes when we begin to show signs of decline in our daily lives and personal responsibilities. It is without a doubt a fine line between a little innocent diversion and becoming an unhealthy obsession which threatens our very livelihood.