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Friday, October 8, 2004
Video Game Addiction: A Real Threat
7:58 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story

According to a recent report in The Washington Post's Technology section, the incidence of video game addiction is increasing in North America, in age groups starting as early as 6 years old.

According to the report, the most common video game addicts are 6-year olds having trouble adjusting to other children in school, 12-year-olds struggling with the transition to middle school, and teenagers struggling through high school, according to a licensed mental health counselor interviewed for the article. However, as noted by the increasing number of video game addiction reported on the internet, the problem isn't limited to children.

The article explains that the root of the addiction is two-fold. On one level, there's the stimulus-response aspects of the exciting new technology that appeals to children. On a deeper level, however, is the addictive draw of what video game manufacturers call "the God effect":

"You're the center of the universe" in more addictive role-playing games, McDaniel says. "Which is very attractive for teenagers without a lot of power, psychologically, in the world."
The article goes on to describe symptoms of video game addiction, and recommends steps to curb its draw on possible addicts. Check out the article by navigating the link below:

Addicted Gamers Losing Their Way

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