Internet Gaming Addiction : A Modern Day Psychological Disorder

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In the 2000s, online games became increasingly popular, while studies of Internet gaming addiction emerged, outlining the negative consequences of excessive gaming, its prevalence, and associated risk factors. “The establishment of specialized treatment centers in South-East Asia, the US, and Europe reflects the growing need for professional help” (Internet and Computer Addiction 2015). Internet Gaming Addiction is a modern-day psychological disorder that experts say is becoming more and more popular. Although Internet Gaming Disorder is listed as a “Condition for Further Study” in the DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), one could argue that due to it having the same effect as gambling addiction, Gaming Disorder could be classified as an “official disorder”. Upon further research, the APA may or may not decide to make the disorder "official" in future editions of the DSM. (Psychology Today, 2014) The DSM-5 states that Internet Gaming Disorder is most common in male adolescents 12 to 20 years of age. According to studies, it is thought that “Internet Gaming Disorder is more prevalent in Asian countries than in North America and Europe” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). By some estimates, as many as 10 percent of gamers exhibit addictive behavior. (“Video Gaming Addiction,” n.d.). One must fit the diagnostic criteria for Internet Gaming Disorder, which are as follows: Repetitive use of Internet-based games, often with other players, that leads to…

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