AMA to vote on "internet/video-game addiction" as medical condi...

So you think your teenager is addicted to his Xbox? You may be right - and if the American Medical Association has its way, video game addiction could become a legitimate medical condition. Read more
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Draken

Paw Paw, MI

#238 Jun 29, 2007
420 pause 4 the cause wrote:
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yea, well said stupid, learn to spell before you type numb nuts, your intellect reminds me of drool...
Hey man, thats not fair, Im slightly dyslexic, so lay off.
Concerned Mom

Tampa, FL

#240 Jul 1, 2007
I consider gaming a sociological addiction that can be avoided through correct parental control. Very difficult to avoid, I will admit. Children have too many freedoms and not enough responsibilities to keep them busy. Absent parents that work until all hours and come home too exhausted to interact with their children are a major factor. We don't have to "keep up with the Jones'" like every advertiser would like us to. I realize that is what drives our economy, but it is putting our children at risk.
Draken

Paw Paw, MI

#241 Jul 1, 2007
My question is where is the proff? Has there ever been a case where a person has actualy played constant video games and the next second killed his mom? I know, Jack Thompson claims that he has had cases like that, but if you ever looked anything up on that guy, you would see hes has no actual proff of any of these cases. Besides, most people who say gamings bad for you, where people who said TV was going to throw you in a killing spree.
Chris Hrasna

Hyde Park, MA

#242 Jul 1, 2007
I said before, All teenagers are irritable and hard to live with. Now after reading 100 more of these posts AFTER mine, a lot of adults are the same way.

My 18 year old used to play a lot of games, and got hooked on Diablo 2. He would play it ALL the time when he was home. Screw homework, chores, etc.

That doesn't say anything about me as a parent, however. All those folks who claim it's the parents' lack of responsibility is trying to throw a flannel blanket on the fire.

When I was HOME, I kicked him off the game. Parents of teens are NOT always available to kick the kids off the games, or off of ANY bad habit. Smoking, swearing, porn, whatever. The nature of teenagers, is that parents are NOT always present because the kid is more self-supporting than a 1-12 year old.

Now, what I said about the game: he was HOOKED on it, not addicted to it. Addiction denotes some amount of physical or psychological symptoms attached to the removal of the addictive element.

Even teenagers who are NOT hooked on video games are irritable and hard to live with. It is the nature of being a teenager. That is the age of self-discovery: when the person is most confused about who they are, and who they are going to be. Kids who play video games to 'get away' from their angst are no more irritable or frustrated than kids who choose some other temporary escape.

My 18 year old likes to read a lot.
He gets upset when you interrupt him.

Doesn't mean he needs a drug for that.
johny someone

Oxford, CT

#243 Jul 1, 2007
im 13 and i play about 2hrs of vid games 2hrs internet and about 2hrs of baseball practice by myself. Truthfully i dont have a lot of friends i stopped goin on the internet and playing video games and i got 2 friends then i went back to playing video games+going on the internet. I didnt lose the friends so i dont think theres a connection between that. maybe there is. if there is ill quit playing video games in a second. but since there isnt any proof i wont. I dont think im addicted but i do enjoy it a little too much.

Maybe i shud just be nicer to ppl...
johny someone

Oxford, CT

#244 Jul 1, 2007
i just realized how of topic that wuz.

o well

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#245 Jul 4, 2007
the only addictions the AMA recommends are those products by drug companies.
if your addicted to something else they can cure your problem and get you hooked on pills instead.
tigger

South Bend, IN

#246 Jul 8, 2007
Its very much an addiction. I was with an addicted gamer of counter strike for 9 yrs. What ended it? My 5 year old was sick, I went to the store to get her meds, he went back into his game, she walked out the front door and was killed by a car. He never knew because he was on his game. He would spend 40-50 hours on the game, lose jobs because he had a match etc. He couldn't stop..even after his daughter died and i made him leave he still hasn't stopped.
Draken

Paw Paw, MI

#247 Jul 10, 2007
Chris Hrasna wrote:
I said before, All teenagers are irritable and hard to live with. Now after reading 100 more of these posts AFTER mine, a lot of adults are the same way.
My 18 year old used to play a lot of games, and got hooked on Diablo 2. He would play it ALL the time when he was home. Screw homework, chores, etc.
That doesn't say anything about me as a parent, however. All those folks who claim it's the parents' lack of responsibility is trying to throw a flannel blanket on the fire.
When I was HOME, I kicked him off the game. Parents of teens are NOT always available to kick the kids off the games, or off of ANY bad habit. Smoking, swearing, porn, whatever. The nature of teenagers, is that parents are NOT always present because the kid is more self-supporting than a 1-12 year old.
Now, what I said about the game: he was HOOKED on it, not addicted to it. Addiction denotes some amount of physical or psychological symptoms attached to the removal of the addictive element.
Even teenagers who are NOT hooked on video games are irritable and hard to live with. It is the nature of being a teenager. That is the age of self-discovery: when the person is most confused about who they are, and who they are going to be. Kids who play video games to 'get away' from their angst are no more irritable or frustrated than kids who choose some other temporary escape.
My 18 year old likes to read a lot.
He gets upset when you interrupt him.
Doesn't mean he needs a drug for that.
Still no ansewr question mane.
mo fugga

Vancouver, WA

#249 May 9, 2008
420 pause 4 the cause wrote:
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yea, well said stupid, learn to spell before you type numb nuts, your intellect reminds me of drool...
"Arguing on the internet is like running in the special olympics. Even if you win, you're still retarted" -- One wise bastard
The Darvhizzle

Miami Beach, FL

#251 Sep 18, 2008
First let me start out by saying that I totally believe this is legit as an addiction but I do not agree with it being classified for any type of disability benefit. However, for those of you who think it's 'Hogwash' etc....you're a complete tool bag and you are talking about brain surgery when you are mechanic....you just don't know. I'm addicted to video games and am 26 years old. I hold a full time job and just seperated from the military after 8 years. Although I played Wow for like a week and hated it because it's boring and repetative I do enjoy sports games on console as well as FPS games such as Counter Strike Source. I've played CS:S since I was around 16 and I've been addicted to it ever since. I've gone without sleep and almost ruined relationships over it. I recently just had a huge fight with my girlfriend because NCAA Football 09 is freakin awesome and i can't stop playing it until like 5 in the morning. You can compare Video Game addiction to gambling addiction. The motive isn't just for the fun and enjoyment of the game...but for 'fake' money but they're called points/experience/frags/score/ running yards/gold....whatever that particular game in question offers. The addicts are so obsessed with building stats or getting points they just keep going. I mean, look at WoW players to use a cliche example. They have companies in Thailand and Japan that all they do is harvest Gold to sell for real cash on ebay and other such markets. It's a multi millon dollar industry for something that's not even real. Hell, there was a girl on craigslist (google this it's real) that offered sex for 5000 WoW gold so she could buy some stupid flying mount in the game.....and she did it! To say that people would degrade their whole lifes and self respect to just enjoy a game and be a nerd is crazy. This is real....now...people DO NOT deserve to use this as a disability etc....thats obsurd. You can't get it for gambling addiction either so all you tards who are saying they're trying to make pills and or give unemployment checks to gaming addicts is ridiculous. Gambling addiction is a legit addiction in fact and so is Gaming. If it does become recognized by the AMA it's will be treated as such.
Jon

Columbus, OH

#252 Nov 3, 2008
Darren wrote:
Horse-pucky!
They are games... they do not cause biological changes in the brain/body like chemicals (drugs/alcohol etc...). The so-called "gaming addicts" are merely people who incorrectly prioritize their lives.
The AMA just wants another way to gtet your insurance dollar... and mine.
That is incorrect. I don't know what your sources are but apa rejected it from being added to the diagnostic and statistical manual because not all of the symptoms of an addiction are included to video game addiction and IAD.
Mom

United States

#253 Nov 10, 2008
yes they are very dangerous for a weak minded person who does not know the difference between real and imaginary. Some should not even make the stores.
Ryanoman500

Salmon Arm, Canada

#255 Jul 25, 2009
Video game addiction is just another thing to blame something that the kids do wrong on before video games it was T.V before that it was heavy metal and before that it was Elvis. The reason these kids get "addicted" is because there parents .A. buy a 17 and up video game for 12 year old "You here them on Halo" .B. use it as something to get kids distracted for an hour .C. parents are to busy to hang out with there kids anymore. it used to be that mom would stay home and take care of us now we don't they both work 10 hour days and are to tired to do anything with the kids.

There you have it the reason for Video game addiction is not the video game company's fault the parents
Six Figures

Spring, TX

#256 Aug 17, 2013
I hear people say they can't control their kids' addiction to a game. Um, yes, you can. Set time limits. Have them leave the house with you so they don't have access to the game. If they want to play games, take them somewhere like Main Event where they at least have to run around to play different games. It has laser tag and bowling as well.

Don't buy the stuff in the first place until they are old enough. A 10 year old doesn't need those games.

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