A story at Green Pixels tackles the topic of game addiction and questions whether it is a serious health threat or just hype by an uninformed media. After numerous mainstream stories trying to use video games as a scapegoat for everything from poor grades to obesity to mass murder, the topic is a legitimate one to address.
The story delves into media coverage and academic studies, as well as the use of the term "addiction":
The word, "addiction" gets tossed around incorrectly in most media outlets. According to psychotherapist and author Dr. Tina Tessina a true addiction is "when the obsession, activity or substance is creating havoc in the person’s life. That is, causing job problems, relationship problems, money problems, or problems with law and is out of control and therefore an addiction."
The article concludes:
At the end of the day, this is a debate that has not been definitely resolved and will likely be something we’ll continue to hear about in the coming years. If you’re worried you or someone you love truly is addicted to games, have that person evaluated by a mental health professional. As for the rest of us, let’s all use common sense in our gaming. Take breaks, don’t skip meals, and don’t call off work to level up your character in WOW.
It's an interesting debate on the topic and the article does a good job of being objective on the issues, rather than the extremes of the gamer side or mainstream side.
Where do your views fall in this debate?