Most compulsive gamers are “not addicts”
This is a statment made by the founder and manager of the Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam for addiction.
“These kids come in showing some kind of symptoms that are similar to other addictions and chemical dependencies. But the more we work with these kids the less I believe we can call this addiction. What many of these kids need is their parents and their school teachers – this is a social problem. This gaming problem is a result of the society we live in today. Eighty per cent of the young people we see have been bullied at school and feel isolated. Many of the symptoms they have can be solved by going back to good old-fashioned communication. In most cases of compulsive gaming, it is not addiction and in that case, the solution lies elsewhere.” – founder and manager of the Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam, Keith Bakker
I am not to sure were I stand on this issue on game addiction. I do believe that this is a problem in the gaming world, more so then the violence. I just have no educated guess of how big this problem is.