The relationship between gaming disorder and addiction requires a behavioral analysis


In their position paper, Aarseth et al. (2016) bring to light several timely issues concerning the categorization of gaming disorder as a form of addiction and as a discrete mental disorder. In our commentary, we welcome their caution toward this move and their discussion of the equivocal scientific data in its support and the potential negative consequences for gamers. We suggest that a more heterogeneous approach is required for understanding any behavioral addiction, as concepts from gambling appear to be more relevant for aspects of mobile gaming than for video games more generally. In addition to a greater need for clinical research, we argue that studying gaming at a different level of analysis than the epidemiological study is required to gain a meaningful understanding of the harm video games may or may not entail.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Addiction,Behavior,Gambling,Gaming,Medicine (miscellaneous),Clinical Psychology,Psychiatry and Mental health
Publication ISSN: 2063-5303
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2024 07:12
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 10:23
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2017-08-17
Accepted Date: 2017-06-17
Authors: James, Richard J.E.
Tunney, Richard J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4673-757X)



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