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10-17-2011 @ 7:53PM
What a druggie does instead of getting a job: Does drugs.What an alcoholic does instead of getting a job: Drinks alcohol.What a video game addict does instead of getting a job: Plays video games.When something becomes so overwhelming that you do that thing instead of doing what you should be doing, that's a classic sign of addiction.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_addiction"Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction which does not rely on drugs or alcohol. Increasingly referred to as process addiction or non-substance-related addiction ) behavioral addiction includes a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until said action causes serious negative consequences to the person's physical, mental, social, and/or financial well-being. One sign that a behavior has become addictive is if it persists despite these consequences."The video you linked states that there is no video game addiction, but rather "compulsion." The behavior and addiction scientists use compulsion as a main-stay in their definition of behavioral addiction. I'll go with the professionals with sources on wiki, over a cartoon on youtube that is very obviously biased and apologetic towards gaming as a positive thing.
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