Poll Results: Should Gaming Addiction Be Recognized as a Real Addiction?

May 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Should the Mental Health Community Officially Recognize "Video Game Addiction?." The majority of you said that all behavioral addictions should be lumped together, with a close second going to "no."

Around 43 percent (114 votes) said that that all behavioral addictions - such as gambling, Internet and video games - should be lumped together under one category. Around 31 percent (83 votes) think that video games should not be recognized as a real addiction, while 17 percent (44 votes) think it should be. Finally, 9 percent (24 votes) think that *ALL* behavioral addiction categories should be abandoned.

Thanks to everyone who voted in last week's poll. A new poll is already up so be sure to go and vote on it.

For a more in-depth discussion on last week's poll, check out the latest episode of Super Podcast Action Committee.

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Re: Poll Results: Should Gaming Addiction Be Recognized as ...

I wonder how many people voting actually have even a related background in mental health.

In attempting to counter politicians trying to warp science to get them elected, we have to be careful not to do the same ourselves.

Re: Poll Results: Should Gaming Addiction Be Recognized as ...

Considering this is a public opinion poll, there are likely very few people voting who have related backgrounds in mental health.

But as a public opinion poll, it does have some value, however marginal considering it is not a representative poll.

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