Sunday, June 24, 2007

Video Game Addiction

The AMA has held discussions recently as to whether or not "video game addiction" is a viable psychiatric condition.

According to the report prepared by the AMA's Council on Science and Public Health, based on a review of scientific literature, “dependence-like behaviors are more likely in children who start playing video games at younger ages.” Overuse most often occurs with online role-playing games involving multiple players, the report says.

World of Warcraft (WOW) is among the most popular. Other games include Second Life.

This is, I believe, an important step to dealing with this issue, however, we need to look at other issues to help children get out of the house to play and socialize more. Labelling another addiction in children is another way of blaming children, when what is really at fault is the environment (i.e., our society

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