From what I have read so far only American youths were studied which raises some serious questions as to whether this research can be applied elsewhere. Just thought I should point this out.
AMES, Iowa -- Parents have been saying for years that their kids are "addicted" to video games, but a new study by an Iowa State University psychology professor is the first to actually report that pathological patterns of video game addiction exist in a national sample of youth, aged 8 to 18.
In a national Harris Poll survey of 1,178 American youths (ages 8-18), ISU Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile found nearly one in 10 of the gamers (8.5 percent) to be pathological players according to standards established for pathological gambling -- causing family, social, school or psychological damage because of their video game playing habits.
Gentile analyzed data collected in a January 2007 Harris Poll survey. He compared respondents' video game play habits to the symptoms established in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for pathological gambling. Gamers were classified as "pathological" if they exhibited at least six of 11 symptoms.
What are the 'symptoms established in The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for pathological gambling
The pathological gamers in the study played video games 24 hours per week, about twice as much as non-pathological gamers. They also were more likely to have video game systems in their bedrooms, reported having more trouble paying attention in school, received poorer grades in school, had more health problems, were more likely to feel "addicted," and even stole to support their habit.
1) What sort of retard trailer trash parents let little kids rack up that much time with video games? When I was little, if I was good and I'd done all my homework I'd be allowed 45 minutes with the SNES/Megadrive on weekdays and two hours on either Saturday or Sunday IF my sisters were playing too.
2) Hold on, I used to have an 7 hour school day which is.... 36 hours a week? So was I addicted to school then? And assuming a 9-5 work day isn't that 8 hours equalling 40 hours a week? Does that mean people are addicted to work?
I think using time played is a piss poor method for judging video game addiction. World of Warcraft 'addicts' can easily do in an hour stuff that takes me, a 'casual' a few days.
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RobL, on Jul 20 2009, 06:35 PM, said:
'I honestly cannot justify that. You see, advertising isn't an art. Appealing to the English? Use someone from Hollyoaks and diss United. Scots? Talk about how evil Thatcher was. SNP is awesome etc. Americans? Well they be thick as sh*t so short sentences and shiny things and some Jesus helps too.. French and Germans? Talk about the war. Irish? f*ck that we can't sell sh*t in Ireland. That's frankly how it all works. So what I'm trying to say is that I'm happy you're dumping all this cash into advertising... I honestly don't see what you want me to do with it. And also, that blip in the records in June was me buying monitors.-- never ask me to be 'brutally honest' about a budget.
Every time I see a political thread I fondle myself just a little bit.............
You of course realise that anything you post here is comprised of ASCII characters? Each character is 7 bits with a parity bit making 8... I guess that's fairly meaningless to you which is actually the point. At most your sentence is a few kilobytes and considering I'm doing a file transfer of over a billion bytes right now those bytes making up your words are invisible with their insignificance, which is exact what I think of your post. Insignificant.