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Are 40% Of WoW Players Addicted?
8:21 AM | Cord Kruse | 9 comments

Ars Technica recently examined the claims of Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack, a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. The doctor asserts that up to 40% of World of Warcraft players are addicted to the game.

Dr. Orzack, who is the founder and coordinator of the Computer Addiction Service, told Ars in an e-mail that the 40 percent figure came from "a forum that Nick Yee runs" but did not reveal any additional methodology for arriving at this number. She added that "even if the percentage is 5 to 10 percent which is standard for most addictive behaviors, it is a huge number of people who are out of control." Orzack states that she has been studying the problem for the last 11 years. She claims to be swamped with people asking for her help, usually concerned parents, neglected spouses, and sometimes the players themselves...

Orzack feels that the games are at fault more than the players. "This isn't about willpower or restraint," she said in an interview. "These games are very elaborately designed to ease you in gently, entice you, and keep you there. And it's a cycle: people begin to spend too much time playing and their careers and personal relationships begin to deteriorate."

The rest of Dr. Orzack's comments, including her suggestion that MMORPGs be given warning labels, follow the link below.

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