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Computer game addiction

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As with most sedentary activities, at first blush it seems harmless enough. Playing computer games is, after all, much less dangerous – physically, at least – than rugby union, rock-climbing or rollerblading, right?   However, experts are seeing a rise in the incidence of what they term obsessive or addictive behaviour; that is, pervasive, long-term and heavy use of computer games.    A 2010 study by Sydney University’s Professor Vladan Starcevic and the department of Psychological Medicine at Sydney’s Nepean hospital revealed that up to ten per cent of gamers who took part showed signs of addicted behaviour. His findings were published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.   The findings mirror a recent two-year Singapore study, which found that one in ten schoolchildren were computer game addicts.  ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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