Video Games and Addiction Research Paper by Peter Pen

Video Games and Addiction
This paper examines whether the qualities of substance addiction can be applied to addiction to video games.
# 93618 | 1,447 words | 11 sources | APA | 2007

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This paper explores the possibility of addiction to video games. Research articles are presented that look at the addictive qualities of the games and who is susceptible. The author also compares this addiction to drug and alcohol abuse and pathological gambling. This literature review combines information from various articles to take a closer look at this issue.

Description of Video Games
Definition of Addiction
The Players
Who is Susceptible to Addiction?
Measuring Levels of Addiction
Areas for Further Research

From the Paper:

"Video games are designed with many levels, appealing characters, interesting storylines and state-of-the art graphics. Some games use characters and movies that are already familiar and known to potential players. All of these factors have been designed to provide the user with a form of appealing entertainment that they want to purchase and then repeatedly to play. Video games are heavily advertised to attract a player's interest and then influence users into trying them."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association (1994) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 175-181.
  • Chiu, S, Lee, J, Huang, D (2004) "Video Game Addiction in Children and Teenagers in Taiwan" CyberPsychology & Behavior, 7(5), 571-581.
  • Clymo, P. (1996). "Home video game playing in schoolchildren: as study of incidence and patters of play." Youth Studies 15, 59.
  • Griffiths, M. (1997). "Computer game playing in early adolescence." Youth & Society, e 29(2), 223-237.
  • Griffiths, M.D., Davies, M.N.O., Chappell, D. (2004). "On line computer gaming: a comparison of adolescent and adult gamers". Journal of Adolescence, 27, 87-96.

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