A new research study conducted by Oxford University has found insufficient evidence to suggest that gaming should be classified as a clinical disorder. It notes that gamers who are heavily affected by the problem are likely to be suffering from wider, unrelated issues.
The study comes as a direct response to World Health Organisation's decision to classify gaming addiction as a mental health condition. Rather than describing gaming as an addiction in its own right, the study suggests that "those engaged in dysfunctional gaming are likely to have underlying frustrations and wider psychosocial functioning issues outside of games", with gaming actually acting as a relief from these external issues in some cases.
Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and co-author of the study, has shared the following:
"The World Health Organisation and the American Psychiatric Association have called on researchers to investigate the clinical relevance of dysregulated video-gaming among adolescents, as previous studies have failed to examine the wider context of what is going on in these young peoples’ lives. This is something we seek to address with our new study. For the first time we apply motivational theory and open science principles to investigate if psychological need satisfactions and frustrations in adolescents’ daily lives are linked to dysregulated – or obsessive – gaming engagement.
"Our findings provided no evidence suggesting an unhealthy relationship with gaming accounts for substantial emotional, peer and behavioural problems. Instead, variations in gaming experience are much more likely to be linked to whether adolescents’ basic psychological needs for competence, autonomy, and social belonging are being met and if they are already experiencing wider functioning issues. In light of our findings we do not believe sufficient evidence exists to warrant thinking about gaming as a clinical disorder in its own right."
Dr Netta Weinstein, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cardiff's School of Psychology and co-author of the report said, “We urge healthcare professionals to look more closely at the underlying factors such as psychological satisfactions and everyday frustrations to understand why a minority of players feel like they must engage in gaming in an obsessive way.”
Earlier this month, it was revealed that UK doctors will be able to refer young patients to be treated for video game addiction.
[source oii.ox.ac.uk, via gamesindustry.biz]
And yet gaming will be blamed anyway as usual.
Because its an easy and convenient scapegoat.
Well... Yeah. Sad that something so obvious requires funded research
it's almost as if research of actual mental illness is woefully undercooked, due to an overwhelming stigma surrounding said illnesses 🤔
Let me find my surprised face.
These studies are such a waste. Move along...
If someone want to pay me a large amount of currency for some of my notorious over abundant common sense, feel free to contact me. I work 24/7 which obviously my common sense says it is a stupid thing to do. Call now!
People who play too many videogames, in my opinion, do it to escape certain situations, such as dysfunctional families, or to achieve satisfactions or goals when they can't get many in real life.
Sadly common sense isn't so common anymore these days.
@KitsuneNight That is why I'm selling some of mine for crazy, crazy low prices!
We should get in on that while it's still cheap !
Inbefore the funny debates started....
Geezes la weeze.... did all of us just graduate from Kindergarten now. It must be folks.
"with gaming actually acting as a relief from these external issues in some cases."
Must be a epiphany here folks.....
Won't you people wake up, already? Cigarette companies, decades ago, had doctors go on TV that were bought off by the tobacco industry. On national television, they were saying that cigarettes are fine. The industry, at large, were publishing misleading commercials so that the public would just buy the product. You don't think that the games industry has the same motive? BUY BUY BUY
Makes you wonder why so many of you are so vehemently and blindly supporting articles like this.
@SmileMan64 Yeah, that's usually why I play video games a lot. To relax and get some satisfaction and fun. Also to take a break from school and to be by myself for a while to release some stress.
Sad how we need a study to prove the painfully obvious
@KitsuneNight "sadly common sense isn't so common anymore these days"
You just need to look at where fifa is in the charts to clarify this true comment 😂
Such a stupid debate, so binge watching with a remote control Netflix isn’t a disorder, but replace the remote with a controller and all of a sudden they try to classify it as a disorder......some people have an addictive personality and will look for escapes from life be it fishing, or video games, obsessive cleaning or being a dirty pig, obviously games, nor is the TV or cleaning are not the problem, these people would seek another avenue of escape if video games were never invented......creating non existent mental disorders and developing treatments for a non existent condition is not the way to help these people....perhaps identifying the real issues and giving real treatment is the answer......ah the modern world, as blur says.....modern life is rubbish lol but it dealt have to be, if only human social evolution could keep pace with technological evolution........ video games are not an addictive drug.......why do we the people respect these over paid ridiculous professionals? Always complicating the simple so they seem smarter......
Hey now, it's hard work to update that numerical each year !
Apologies for typos it’s late here yawn
I can't believe Oxford University invented Captain flippin' Obvious!
You mean like we have all been saying forever?
How is this a waste? When WHO comes out and makes a sweeping claim that video games are addictive, it is precisely by putting out studies that find the opposite of that by which we can combat that, not by saying that they are "obviously" wrong. This further shows that our society of debt based indentured servitude has its casualities and we have forgotten how to welcome the youth into adulthood, and we need to address that. Let us not find scapegoats for our failings.
GEE. YA THINK!?
They say most addictions are a symptom of other factors, so no surprise here.
For me gaming is an activity that I can do that helps me process things that are stressing me out. It's an activity that, even though seems expensive, is actually relatively cheap when you compare it to some other hobbies people partake in. Video games are so multifaceted; there is music, visual art, stories, puzzles, competition, etc. Games can feel very rewarding but at a low risk since you aren't as likely to get serious injuries, or lose a ton of money because of a dumb mistake.
One of the main problems that people seem to have with gaming is that it is time that could have been spent better, but that is a statement that could be said to any activity people choose to do depending on the values of the person issuing the statement.
This may be blindingly obvious to us but sadly there are some (read many) people that can’t understand this and will blame gaming for just about everything. This study getting attention is very good news. Some people are genuinely addicted to the rush and escapism they get from gaming. I know I am but I can control my addiction and live a functional life like most if not all people here I’m sure. However not everyone can and it can seriously affects lives. This study is great because it shines the spot light on the person and not the medium (gaming). We need more studies like this to educate the world for what is blindingly obviously to us.
..Hmm ..Damn it, you are making a lot of sense there.
It wont convince the screeching naysayers that go that: "Da vidiyagamers are ebil !!!"
And video games will still be a convenient scapegoat.
But it's still good to actually have something legit to back up our claims, I suppose.
I see this whole thing of 'gaming disorder' as a long term strategy by goverments to further tax the gaming industry.
So was Edwina Curry wrong to tell us to stop eating eggs then?
I’ve been considered addicted to video games but I probably only play about an hour or two a week and that’s usually if I’ve got nothing to do, however I bet if Facebook was to go down for a day or two I’m sure some people would just loose their mind.
@Belatarr This is how your whole run-on paragraph reads to me.
"This doesn't fit my narrative, so it must be wrong, can't you see how dumb you all are, grasping at straws while I totally deny that there's any truth to this study because look what the Tobacco industry did! It's so obvious!"
Get a grip. Video game dev companies and their products don't have nearly the same issues as the tobacco industry. Cause unlike tobacco, video games are not inherently bad for your health! Who would've thought?
Oh right, literally everyone with a lick of sense.
And water is wet. Unfortunately it takes professional studies to tell people that.
@gokev13 I agree. I game to release stress at the end of a long day/week. It annoys me when people say "why do you play games, get a decent hobby and stop wasting your money" what, like sinking pints every night, smoking cigarettes, taking drugs etc... I know which one id rather be doing and I'm already doing it.
I could have told them that i am probably a perfect example i play games probably way too much i am a carerer for my mum who has mental health issues along with some disabilities, games are my escape from the stresses and sometimes frustrations of looking after her
@Shiryu I came in here thinking the exact same thing. Heck, with the pay check that these kind of people receive for their amazing research, I'd also be more than willing to put in some extra hours, on top of my regular day job...
Anytime my life is in shambles video games are a nice way to escape, so I can totally see that!
What a ball of sunshine these people are! Lol!
Any addiction has various causes. Humans are complex beings and you can't paint a black and white picture.
Gaming addiction is not physical for sure, lol.
Let's take a lonely and depressed person. Very prone to get addicted to anything that can fill the void.
A study that let's us stop considering that maybe obsessive gaming might be bad - clearly it's a much better study!
Was wondering how long it'd take those game companies overflowing with cash from predatory microtransactions to buy themselves some positive studies.
Thing that was obvious from the start
That's right. I still remember when a friend questioned how I could spend over $60 on a video, and what a waste of money that was. I didn't bother arguing at the time because there is not much I am going to say to convince her it is a worthwhile investment but I do know I could have pointed out several things she would have dropped money on no questions asked that I would have considered a waste of money.
The game in question was Tactics Ogre:Knights of Lodis for Gameboy advance back in 2002. I knew if I didn't bye it then I would probably never see it in a store again. I got hours of entertainment and stress relief out of that game over the years plus since everything bit came with is in good condition I could probably make back everything I paid for it if I chose to sell it. All things considered I got an incredible deal.
Look everyone, I know this seems obvious to a lot of us here, but the research needs to be done. You can't just take a bunch of oppinions and presume it to be fact. Many facets of the gaming experience need to be broken down, and controlled experiments need to be performed on each one to see the effect on the human mind. That research can then be used as the basis for psychologists and medical professionals to build on. This is just how science works.
Lets all take a moment to thank Oxford for setting this in motion, instead of dumping on them for "stating the obvious".
Isn't this really the case with all addictions though?
All addictions can lead to a path in which you will be dependent on the "hit" you get from it. No matter what those endorphins maybe.
All addictions have their roots in external circumstances unrelated to the addiction itself.
This still does not change the fact that gaming, like sugar, like alcohol, like cocaine or caffeine or cannabis or sex, or gambling or any number of substances/activity designed to stimulate the mind in different ways can be addictive.
Gaming if abused can be just as dangerous as crack, in fact both abusers can look very similar in appearance and have health issues to accompany their addiction.
Anything in excess is bad. Even if external circumstances lead you to it... it doesn't matter what leads you there, the end result is the same.
And now I ask, who really cares?
No, it's gaming. It's quite obvious that all video games are emitting some sort of crack waves into our bodies.
This "study" surprises me. Gaming (good gaming to be clear, lol) definitely releases endorphins and that can sometimes cause you to play "just one more time" over and over and over again because mentally (perhaps subconsciously) it feels so darn good. and @sanya_exe just expressed my point way more vividly, lol
Daaaamn that was a long read. But here's the kicker:
In other words, daily psychological-need experiences robustly predicted psychosocial functioning, holding variability relating to gaming and control variables constant, though the opposite was not supported.
And if you look at the actual results, 0.3 percent over 6 percent, you're looking at pretty impressive and solid observations.
If I mirror my take on it, which is mostly on the cognitive psychology side (by virtue of profession) I'd say the blame game towards games is driven by the social structures that surround it, causing gaming to be perceived as an outlier activity. It's tangible enough to picture, so it sticks in the mind too.
Anyone else find some nuggets in this study they like? I'm quite impressed with how succinct these hypotheses were laid bare to be honest.
Well yea (like how many people said).
Addiction is usually based on who is the user and their brain development.
That's why there are some who can drink a few beers and be fine, while others binge drink and become achoholics.... It all depends on who is disposable to certain addictions. As well as how often they use it and how easy they can control themselves to stop doing X thing.
A good servant or a bad master. Sometimes it's our choice, other times it's being predispositioned to it. Moderation in all things is key.
Yes! common sayings or practices change with every generation.
With tests we can have a fact or at least a grounded theory of basic things that won't change just because X generation says so, or Y or whatever the generation.
Common knowledge changes every decade. Things that were normal 20 years ago, are different today. With science, they stay the same or may even develope into a better understanding
I have a friend who has struggled with gambling, drug and sex addiction. All of which destroyed his income. Until he won 140,000 pounds through gambling... Guess where that all went? Whilst he was doing most of that, I was writing music or playing games. Although I didn't win a massive amount of money, I didn't lose everything either. I felt more accomplished with my writing but enjoyed a versatile amount of games and genres. The point is, unless you're buying more games than you could ever play, or you're not skipping work and losing your house, it's nowhere near as bad as other addictions.
Thats totally debatable. People can become addicted to hanging around with friends, people can get addicted to jogging for example, work, sex.
And people can get addicted to gaming.
So Dr Netta Weinstein can barely tell symptoms from root causes and gets paid for it to boot, huh?
We are just now coming to this realization? Smh, oh sometimes it’s hard being a human.
You can be addicted to a boy/girlfriend for example. I agree the friends thing was a little farfetched but still likely.
The thing is: addiction is connected with habit formation and repetition. While certain things might not be called addiction per se, they still can be or become one.
Gaming addiction can be very versatile.
Let me share an example: I used to game a lot in the past. Since I didn't own a fast internet connection it was mostly single player. Games with a beginning and end. During my studies we had a presentation about gaming addiction (some 13 years back). The guy who held this presentation was addicted to ultima online. I wasn't aware of things as chinese farmers and other stuff. Guy said, he could spend like 14h a day playing it. Sometimes he just played 5-6h due to constraints and was frowned upon by other players. And that was his thing, being constantly in touch with other real people, although in the virtual world. He didn't care about the games I played at all. He was a smart guy btw.
Some games are plainly designed to get you hooked. They blatantly take advantage of your weaknesses or life situations. Like gacha games for example. Ever seen a report on jap gacha gamers who spend fortunes on a pixel char? Thats stuff an unrelated person can't relate to (didnt wanna use the term "normal person", lol)
A declaration of the United Nations (World Health Organisation) proven to be partisan, politically-motivated fantasy? How strange.
@Belatarr Yeah, about that, smart aleck. Stuff like escapism comes from **prior external issues**, you know, like having an unstable home, unstable income, unstable relationships with peers, etc.
Do I need to go on? I hope not. Cause you literally just made my point for me, so thank you for that.
Don't get me wrong. But you try to make a connection between profit or the lack thereof and addiction. Thats not really the point imo.
Lets take drugs for example, generally they kill you or just ruin your life, pretty bad. But lots of artists, musicians, song writers, etc. have done drugs and made quite a profit or at least created some beautiful things. Probably a small percentage of drug users, lol, but that doesn't make their drug addiction better, or less addiction than those who didn't make it big. Addiction is addiction.
Gaming might have less positive side effects. ALTHOUGH I believe that my driving skills, which are relatively good if I say so myself, might have been sharpened through gaming. Or rather my mind in regard to reactions and situational assessment or something like that. I usually just take a small glimpse and see a picture of whats possible with my car and what not. Might seem dangerous to other people, though.
Anyone that isn't a total and utter ******* ***** could have told anyone else this a long time ago. All the people claiming gaming causes all these horrible behaviours in people and makes them commit horrible and violent crimes, etc, should never be put in any position where anything they have to say can have any effect or influence on anyone imo.
I can't really contribute at a research level, but working as a psychologist I often see young people who use gaming in a positive way and i do actually encourage them to play, because being able to play (in the wider sense of the term) is essential in everyone's life. I've also used videogames in therapy with children to improve social skills and frustration. Videogames are only a medium, like music or tv series and most people could potentially become an addicted when conditions in life are pathologic. I'm not against inserting gaming addiction in manuals about mental health, but the bigger problem today is still ignorance and stigma, especially in regards of mental health professionals. Anyways, also diagnostic manuals are not to be used by anyone because you can understand the underlying logic only if you have a training as a professional.
You mean my obsessive gaming isn't blizzards fault? But my 5000 days /played doesn't lie!
"10k hours of writing HAVE ENORMOUS value while 10k hours of gaming do not."
Okay, do you play video games ?
Also, NON gaming behaviour can be turn into addiction. (Workaholic, Addiction in drawing same things, Addiction in spray painting on any public places, etc)
@Belatarr "You must have a gaming addiction cause you're clearly so angry and so vehemently defend this article."
The logical leap here is astounding. It's almost as if you're completely blind to where your own point carries you, and not only that, as if you think I can't possibly argue against you so the only possible answer is I must be a gaming addict. That's incredibly stupid and arrogant. That is the definition of an ad hominem.
Just because I defend the article doesn't necessitate that I am an addict.
@Belatarr I would like to see statistics, because whilst I have heard of people dying whilst playing games from some form of exhaustion and failure to hydrate or even eat, I can not believe that it would be on the same scale as OD'ing. I know mtx loot boxes and such can leave some broke, but it is a form of gambling and I always boycott those particular games. I own not a single one and tbh I hardly consider those games, judt garbage.
Not more likely to blame, they ARE. Games are not drugs, there is no chemical component to the addiction. Anyone who does drugs is susceptible to addictions because it is a chemical addition. But the majority of people who gamble don't get addicted to it. The majority of people who play games don't get addicted to it.
It's obvious that it's an issue that the people have, that makes them vulnerable to addiction. Not a compulsion caused by the games.
@Belatarr You literally stated in your previous post that I must have a problem with gaming because I am vehemently defending the article. That is not a strawman. That is literally calling you out on your arrogance in believing you know exactly what type of person I am just because I defended the article.
You're the only one here who is incapable of producing a convincing argument: you started off denying that external factors being a cause of an addiction to gaming, and then you backpedaled only enough to try to integrate that into your argument in the most roughshod manner possible, that doesn't even barely address how external factors may cause a need for escapism in order to find relief from said factors.
All you're doing is trying to continuously repeat yourself in new coats of paint in hopes that your viewpoint will become truth through repetition. It's ugly and unsightly.
I'm gaming passionate, i don't have enough time to become addicted.
The people who normally blame games are people who don’t play games. What about their addiction to Netflix or soap operas? or is that ok binging on the sofa for hours eating rubbish..
@wiiada They talk in convoluted ways to make themselves seem smart. Just feels like a semantics argument over addiction.
Not taking the 15 min breaks Nintendo recommends nor getting up to have circulation/stimulation would be an addiction regardless of game/Netflix. And don't get me started on gambling for gachas.
Love the comments! Keep it up guys! Let the hate flow through you!
Now to be more serious. Gaming can be addictive because it can be fun. Yes you can overdose from gaming but that is only if you are a stupid person.
Instead of that people should look at the positives of gaming like:
The last 2 points are valid depending on the person. Some people are just idiots that like to ruin the games of others or be so competitive that they rage and become insufferable.
Absolutely everything can be bad if you obsess with it.
@MrVariant Semantics is the ideal word to describe it, in fact it’s an accurate descriptor of society in general at the moment, important issues never solved, permanently circulating semantics.
New Study Says External Issues Are More Likely To Blame For "whatever", Not "whatever" Itself.
Couldn't you say that about any addiction?
No body becomes an alcoholic because their life is awesome.
Same with cigarettes I imagine.
surprised Pikachu face
I still remember those, choose your own adventure books.
Always thought they were awesome.
Still have a few I think.
Cause that's the socially accepted addiction.
And vegetating in front of the TV is the norm.
"How is gaming as fulfilling and accomplishing as say becoming a painter or a poet, an architect, or reading serious literature?"
1. I learnt about time management and some strategies from video games such as Bokujou Monogatari,
2. I learnt Japanese Hiragana and Katakana from Japanese games.
3. I learnt to sharpening my Rhythm skill from playing rhythm games especially Dance Dance Revolution. It also measured the calories burnt after playing.
4. I got some inspiration for my drawing project from video games.
5. I learnt to design my house or buildings from The Sims games, Dragon Quest Builders 1 & 2.
Video gaming is a Hobby, NOT a replacement of Real Studying.
There is nothing wrong learning something positive from video gaming.
Studying the real subjects (English, Math, Science, etc) is the mandatory activity while playing video games (and learning something from video games) is the complementary of studying.
Btw, do you play video games ?
@Belatarr What you said kinda hurt man, I make videos on YouTube all based on gaming. I also earn money from it although I don't have many subscribers. I feel as if I have made an achievement from gaming, and I started making money from the age of 13 from YouTube.
Also I wanted to mention, what about TV? Why is that not seen as a disease? doesn't it have the same effect on you. "Just one more show, that's all". *Proceeds to watch 5 more episodes, until they realize that they've completed the whole series.
So now my question is to you, why is TV not classed as a disorder?
Other activities can be hardcore level.
Being a couch potato (watching TV all day long without any exercises, fed by unhealty foods) is not good activity.
Blaming video games addiction is worse than any other addictions (Addiction in watching TV, addiction in gossiping other peoples, addiction in working all day long, addiction in drugs, addiction in shopping, addiction in living alone, etc) is a fallacy.
I heard you are also a hardcore gamer, good for you. I'm also hardcore in playing Dance Dance Revolution Arcade. Every weekend i played them religiously and have been playing DDR for 16 years. I learnt how to step the sets of arrows correctly and built my stamina level by myself, i could pass some very high level songs (lv 17, 18) with at least decent scores as long not Failed. Even though i am hardcore in casual gaming, i still have to manage my time to do other important activities than gaming.
I just want to clarify if addiction in anything (not just only in video games) can be bad for yourself.
"Being a hardcore gamer can get you where?"
I play video games just for fun, as part of my hobby. I don't treat my gaming hobby as a replacement of my actual job.
"but definitely they have an addictive aspect to them that other hobbies don't."
"The problem is when video game addicts use gaming to cover all those aspects and neglect other areas of their life."
Like i said just now, addiction in anything can be bad for you even addiction in other hobbies such as gardening / reading books / writing / etc.
"Btw, are you fluent in Japanese?"
Oh, Nihon go o hanasu ga mada mada heta desu. (I still not really fluent in Japanese) 😅
Just curious, do you think addiction in sweets (candies, cakes, etc) is bad as addiction in vegetables / fruits ?
This is none of my business or my "fight" .
But sometimes you need to know when to walk away from an argument.
Think this one of those times.
@Belatarr I see where you're coming from, but I know someone myself that watches TV literally 24/7. They literally can't miss an episode of the 5+ different shows they watch religiously. They feel as if they need to keep up with each episode otherwise they are missing out.
However, my real question is. Why is TV addiction not seen as an official disease like gaming is. Surely it should be. I mean if you're staring at a screen all day, barely moving from your seat. It does link to high blood pressure and more. Whereas gamers are actively using there brains. Netflix addiction is real and people will stay hooked as long as the series doesn't come to an end.
Also my YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/shadowdiamond
Thanks man .
Yeah i should have paid better attention.
@Belatarr Thank you man! I also see where you are coming from. I'll be sure to check out the video.
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