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Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted

Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted

My colleague, psychologist Maressa Orzack at McLean Hospital outside of Boston, believes that up to 40% of World of Warcraft gamers are “addicted” to the game.

Just to clarify, since the headline doesn’t make it clear (and neither does the ensuing Slashdot discussion), Dr. Orzack is not claiming that up to 40% of Word of Warcraft gamers are addicted based upon any actual evidence or surveys of players. This is just her opinion, based upon her own experience and observation of the problem.

I chalk “gaming addiction” right up there with Internet addiction — it’s a ridiculous claim to say someone is addicted to an activity they enjoy and call it a “serious mental disorder.” If I spend 5 or 10 hours a day reading a book or hanging out with my friends, am I addicted to reading? To socializing? Where do we draw the line, and more importantly, why make such arbitrary distinctions in labels?

Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2006). Expert: 40 Percent of World of Warcraft Players Addicted. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/expert-40-percent-of-world-of-warcraft-players-addicted/

 

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