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Study: Video Game Addiction Similar to Aspergers

megabytemegabyte Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in Games and Technology
http://www.gamedaily.com/articles/news/study-video-game-addiction-similar-to-aspergers/?biz=1
At the ongoing British Psychological Society's Annual Conference in Dublin this week new research is being presented on the effects of computer game addiction. According to Dr. John Charlton of the University of Bolton and Ian Danforth of Whitman College, USA, gamers who appear to be addicted to playing computer/video games show some of the same personality traits as people with Aspergers syndrome (a variety of high functioning autism).

For the study, 391 computer game players (86 percent male) were questioned. The researchers looked at relationships between addiction, "high engagement" and personality. "They found that the closer the players got to addiction the more likely they were to display negative personality traits. And that as players showed more signs of addiction they were increasingly characterized by three personality traits that would normally be associated with Aspergers... These were neuroticism, and lack of extraversion and agreeableness," the report stated.

Charlton and Danforth don't believe these game "addicts" are classifiable as having Aspergers syndrome but they do "share some of the same characteristics because they find it easier to empathize with computer systems than other people."

"The thinking in the field is that there is a scale along which people, even those considered to be 'normal', can be placed upon. And that people such as engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists are nearer to the non-empathizing, systemizing, end of the spectrum, with people with Aspergers syndrome even further along again," said Charlton. "Our research supports the idea that people who are heavily involved in game playing may be nearer to autistic spectrum disorders than people who have no interest in gaming."

Hmmm...Discuss!

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  • StrikerkcStrikerkc Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    So, they're saying that people who are actually addicted to video games tend to be introverted, emotionally unstable, malcontents...

    Didn't we already know that? o_O

    Who ever paid for that study got swindled good.

    Any ways, on a less sarcastic note, I suppose it makes sense. Playing video games in an addictive manner seems more akin to counting everything you see or memorizing a phone book (from a "repetitive task that brings enjoyment aspect") than the other "normal scale" activities and jobs they mention.

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  • hoodie13hoodie13 punch bro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    So... its self- and usually mis-diagnosed?

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  • YodaTunaYodaTuna Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I'm pretty sure this happens with any addiction, why focus on video games?

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  • artooartoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Yeah this isn't really big news... :|

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    In other news study finds sky to be blue for gamers.

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  • StrikerkcStrikerkc Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure this happens with any addiction, why focus on video games?

    I think the point is that people who are addicted to things other than video games tend to have similar character traits to each other regardless of the addiction.
    But video gamer addicts don't have those traits, but instead have the similar traits to autistic folks.

    That's what it seemed to point at to me. Not so much a comment on video game addiction being worse, but a comment on video game addiction being different.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure this happens with any addiction, why focus on video games?

    Because it'll get more attention.

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  • artooartoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Khavall wrote: »
    In other news study finds sky to be blue for gamers.

    Lies, video games tell me that the sky is perpetually grey.

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  • WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Keith Malley is going to love this article.

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  • DroolDrool Science! AustinRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Like it's some huge revelation that if you're a video game addict you're probably spergin hardcore.

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  • ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    So pointless... So people who avoid social interaction exhibit similar symptoms to people who have a social disorder? That's a shocker!

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  • artooartoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I bet this will be a PA Comic soon. "If you're raiding Black Temple, then you're retarded."

    Off Topic, I like the Av Drool. "You dont mean... Ass Cancer?" I love that show. :lol:

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    How can scientists be baffled by nerds?

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  • ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    How can scientists be baffled by nerds?

    I'm surprised there aren't more occasions of "Study finds nerds incredibly witty, delightful in bed".

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  • KageraKagera Imitating the worst people. Since 2004Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    So, it doesn't really exist?

    HAHA I BET I'M THE FIRST TO POST THAT!

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  • Jealous DevaJealous Deva Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    YodaTuna wrote: »
    I'm pretty sure this happens with any addiction, why focus on video games?


    I really doubt people who are addicted to heroin or cocaine (or cigarettes) are displaying asperger traits.

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Aspergers is just a label for personality traits except in severe forms, anyway, and there are a lot of undiagnosed cases out there.
    I am unsurprised.

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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    This is stupid. Why are they talking about specifically Asperger's, instead of generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, which is the more logical conclusion to make.

    Sounds more like someone wanted their 15 minutes, so they studied a fairly well-known trend, blew the conclusion out of proportion, and hope to be published in their journal of choice.

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  • apotheosapotheos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Xagarath wrote: »
    Aspergers is just a label for personality traits except in severe forms, anyway, and there are a lot of undiagnosed cases out there.
    I am unsurprised.

    Or it's just a medical term for some people who are shy, etc to hide behind instead of dealing with the world/ their problems.


    That said, what about people who HAVE asperger's and are addicted to videogames?!!

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  • CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    hoodie13 wrote: »
    So... its self- and usually mis-diagnosed?

    Bingo. The people who self-diagnose themselves with this shit are lost to me. I can't understand why you would want to have a disease just to fit in, especially one for being socially inept. It's contradictory. I want to be socially inept, just like everyone else.

    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded. The millitant ones are trying to fight cures for aspergers because they think that mental retardation is the next step in evolution.

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  • apotheosapotheos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Bingo. The people who self-diagnose themselves with this shit are lost to me. I can't understand why you would want to have a disease just to fit in, especially one for being socially inept. It's contradictory. I want to be socially inept, just like everyone else.

    Because some people need a crutch.

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  • LeitnerLeitner Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    hoodie13 wrote: »
    So... its self- and usually mis-diagnosed?

    Bingo. The people who self-diagnose themselves with this shit are lost to me. I can't understand why you would want to have a disease just to fit in, especially one for being socially inept. It's contradictory. I want to be socially inept, just like everyone else.

    Because it's an easy excuse for their failings.

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  • ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I love how any research done about gamers puts everyone here on the defensive. Chill out.

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  • ZekZek Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded. The millitant ones are trying to fight cures for aspergers because they think that mental retardation is the next step in evolution.

    What the hell are you talking about?

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  • JamesKeenanJamesKeenan Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    megabyte wrote: »
    Hmmm...Discuss!

    My first response was, "Dicsuss what? The data say what they say..."

    Personally, this is great news. Social-misfits have something to do besides just be miserable all day, and tying the less-than-social behavior of game addicted peeps to regular social misfits like mathematicians and engineers lends greater credence and legitimacy to video games.

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  • CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Zek wrote: »
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded. The millitant ones are trying to fight cures for aspergers because they think that mental retardation is the next step in evolution.

    What the hell are you talking about?

    http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=17

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  • PharezonPharezon Struggle is an illusion. Victory is in the Qun.Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Zek wrote: »
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded. The millitant ones are trying to fight cures for aspergers because they think that mental retardation is the next step in evolution.

    What the hell are you talking about?

    http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=17

    D:

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  • artooartoo Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I doubt even a quarter of the people on that forum actually have Asperger's.

    However, please don't try to diminish the effects of social disorders with the ramblings of a small, relatively extreme group of people.

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  • CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Mars wrote: »
    I doubt even a quarter of the people on that forum actually have Asperger's.

    However, please don't try to diminish the effects of social disorders with the ramblings of a small, relatively extreme group of people.
    The millitant ones

    whoops looks like i didn't

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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded.

    Yeah, that's totally not inflammatory.

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  • CymoroCymoro Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Mars wrote: »
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded.

    Yeah, that's totally not inflammatory.

    Holy shit, you are just trying to start some debate about what the fuck I said, aren't you? You know what the fuck I meant.

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  • MarsMars Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    No actually, I'm not, and I don't. What you said came across to me as "Social disorders are just a way for people to make excuses for not trying".

    If I misread you, then I apologize, and there's no argument to be had here.

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  • StraythStrayth Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    And before video-games it was what, mathematics research, instrument playing and hunchbackery.

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  • tetsuoZshimatetsuoZshima Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Zek wrote: »
    Cymoro wrote: »
    Not to say that the people that do have it aren't ridiculously retarded. The millitant ones are trying to fight cures for aspergers because they think that mental retardation is the next step in evolution.

    What the hell are you talking about?

    http://www.aspiesforfreedom.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=17

    so uh...looking at that forum....asperger is the new emo? good to know. i think.

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  • SwashbucklerXXSwashbucklerXX Swashbucklin' Canuck Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    That's a very... odd study, probably distorted whilst being reported in the media. You could replace "gaming" with "chess", "ham radio", "entymology", "sports statistics", or any of the thousands of other pursuits that sometimes attract obsessive nerdy types. This is not news.

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  • megabytemegabyte Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    That's a very... odd study, probably distorted whilst being reported in the media. You could replace "gaming" with "chess", "ham radio", "entymology", "sports statistics", or any of the thousands of other pursuits that sometimes attract obsessive nerdy types. This is not news.


    I subscribe to this school of thought.

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  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Lehi, UTRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I can feel my brain breaking just being at that forum.

    Their entire premise is "These things aren't problems, they're who people are. Autism/Aspergers aren't things to be "fixed", they're things for people to accept as a "new" way of life."

    Or something.

    It's just...this isn't true. Aspergers discussion and the rampant self-diagnosis aside, Autism is a known genetic defect that probably can be cured. What these people are saying is the equivalent to a group up and stating that since AIDS is something that is now part of society we should stop trying to "cure" it and start "accepting" those who have it and better understand their lifestyle. Or instead of AIDS which is a contracted result of a virus, how about Diabetes. It's genetic. It's due to malfunctions in the bodies normal functions. Should we just abandon all hope to "cure" diabetes and rather "learn to live with it"?

    BAH, I honestly can't comprehend the line of thought that would lead to this mindset.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord I'm tired of being Batman, so today I'll be Owl.Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    I can feel my brain breaking just being at that forum.

    Their entire premise is "These things aren't problems, they're who people are. Autism/Aspergers aren't things to be "fixed", they're things for people to accept as a "new" way of life."

    Or something.

    It's just...this isn't true. Aspergers discussion and the rampant self-diagnosis aside, Autism is a known genetic defect that probably can be cured. What these people are saying is the equivalent to a group up and stating that since AIDS is something that is now part of society we should stop trying to "cure" it and start "accepting" those who have it and better understand their lifestyle. Or instead of AIDS which is a contracted result of a virus, how about Diabetes. It's genetic. It's due to malfunctions in the bodies normal functions. Should we just abandon all hope to "cure" diabetes and rather "learn to live with it"?

    BAH, I honestly can't comprehend the line of thought that would lead to this mindset.

    What.

    Aids kills you. Untreated, so does diabetes.

    They are not the same as Autism.

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