I believe a lot of younger people are having a hard time separating the games from reality. I think that this is where game addiction becomes a serious problem and some need to put the games down until they can grasp the differences between the two.
There is much more worst things out there to be addicted too, why make it seem worst than it actually is. You can learn a lot about people from the games they play or the way they play them.
The addiction to video games is really a big problem, because it was recognized as an addiction fairly recent.
In my opinion because this addiction is is "Young" not a lot of doctors know how to treat it. I agree with KNtoran and I might add that MMORPGS are accelerating this issue.
While I was playing World of Warcraft; actually when I didn't play it I noticed small differences in my interactions with others which wern't in my opinion ok, therefore I stopped playing.
I think many people will get addicted to something at some point in their lives as long as they are stimulated enough with any type of pleasure. This can be gambling, video games, drugs, fighting, or any other habit which can be easily replicated for a quick rush of adrenaline. I think rather than look at this from the stand point of Video games are bad, it should be looked at as if you are going to get addicted anyways, find the least damaging thing to be addicted to. I'd rather be someone addicted to games than addicted to heroine.
I don't believe getting grumpy or upset when you lose a game can be the sole reason to being addicted to games… You can just be a sore loser.
It's an aspect for a person, not an aspect for being addicted.
If it were written as: "You throw an extreme tantrum every time something doesn't go your way involving a game or choice results." Then it would be more viable.
I am no addict. I usually can only tolerate doing the same thing for a certain window of time and then I am moving on to something else. So no matter how good a game gets I automatically feel like I need to be doing something else when an hour or two passes. Maybe that's just the ADD in me *wink*.
I can get addicted to video games so I pick them carefully. The addiction comes from the fact that there's always one more achievement if you play just a little longer. But for me it's not the same as drug addiction. No cold turkey if I have to stop a game for some reason. But it can sometimes affect my productivity.
I can say for sure when I was a teenager I was addicted for sure. I use to wake up especially at 2am to match US timezone in order to play Role-playing Game and go back to sleep at 6 am.
But once I started to work and have a life I still play games but much less often and also take it less seriously.
A pause from Overcoming Game Addiction to share interesting fact from one historian to you:
Today is: 13th July (GMT), in history on the 13th of July, 1950 AD the following birth happened:
George D "Pinky" Nelson: Iowa, United States -- PhD / Astronaut (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)