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Have Your Parents Ever Complained That They Think You are “Addicted” to Video Games? Have You Ever Worried about it Yourself?

Authors
  • Gentile, Douglas1
  • Green, Shawn2
  • 1 Media Research Lab, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • 2 Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Apr 24, 2014
Volume
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2014.00015
Source
Frontiers
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience
  • Core Concept
License
Green

Abstract

When talking about addiction, it is important to realize two things. First, although when you think about the word addiction, you might first think about addiction to chemicals (like alcohol or nicotine), it is also possible to become addicted to behaviors (like gambling). Second, addiction does not mean doing something a lot. Instead, it means that you do something in a way that damages other important areas of your life, like your grades or your family relationships.

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