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Report: Nearly 1 in 10 Young Video Game Players Addicted

20 Apr, 2009 By: Billy Gil

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A new study shows that 8.5% of video game players aged 8 to 18 show signs of addiction, HealthDay News reports.

The study by Douglas A. Gentile, a developmental psychologist and assistant professor at Iowa State University, says his study is the first to show signs of addiction, including reticence to interact with family and friends as well as health problems, to video games in a nationally represented sample of children. Video game addiction has yet to be listed as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the next edition is due in 2012.

The study, of 1,178 U.S. children and teenagers, conducted by Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Interactive, will appear in the May edition of Psychological Science.

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