I'm a musician. I am extremly passionate about singing. According to your article I have a music addiction. In fact I have an addiction to tons of things I am doing.
Psychology is not math (or at least not math at our state of knowledge of it). You just can't label people - you need to know them first.
It can become an addiction, but I don't play games because I HAVE to, and as long as you're not doing it because you HAVE to it's not really addiction. Play if you want, but ofc everything in moderation;p
Gaming like anything else in life CAN be an addiction, hell going to the gym and working out CAN be an addiction. It's not a general umbrella which fits all however. The majority of gamers operate without addiction it's an issue of the individual at the end of the day. If you MUST play games and you can not function normally in society without them/they impair your ability to function, yes you may have an addiction.
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Hobby. I can, and quite happily do, stop gaming when I travel - which is quite frequently. It's offset with reading, writing, exercise and other activities so I don't see my love of gaming as harmful.
Edit: As Jeleh points out - most people that criticise it will happily veg in front of the TV all evening without doing any thinking or moving whatsoever.
It's not an addiction for me, been playing games since I was 7 but after my football and playground days gaming is just the most convenient time waster to have. I sometimes play 9+ hour days but I lose interest in playing as soon as there's something I want to do more and I don't look back until I'm bored of that.
One cannot simply quit wow his way into Mordor.
If you meet enough of the criteria, then, yes, you are addicted to music. You saying that according to the DSM-V criteria (which is the definitive tool to diagnose mental disorders) leads me to believe that you have an addictive personality. THis is not an insult. There are many people with such a personality - I am one of them. For me, things tend to be an all-or-nothing scenario. I am almost never "meh" about activities. I am either "GUNG-HO, this is the best thig ever" or I really don't care. This makes for some challenging lifestyle decisions.
And I am not trying to label people. What I am doing is stating that if your behaviour fit the criteria for a certain disorder, then it's likely that oyu hae that disorder. That's why there is a requirement of 5/7 of the total criteria. We all could fit just about everythign into2 or 3 of them. But fitting 5 and not being addicted to the activity/drug/whatever? Extremely unlikely.
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And I applaud all these people who can play WoW and don't let it become an addiction. I can't, but at the moment, I don't care to change things. THat will change, and it willbe very difficult, because the only real reason I play now is to hang out with a bunch of friends on skype.
No withdrawal symptoms means it cant be an addiction. Doesn't mean it can't be unhealthy but overdoing almost everything is. Besides, addictions usually get worse and need bigger doses to get your fix but when gaming too much, it just gets boring and most people want a break or to do something else instead.
Both. Same with comic books. Both a large money sink!
Even though I must admit, I get pretty addicted to games very quick because I somehow always want to be the best. And in WoW that takes a shit ton of dedication lol
What I want to say is that if you try to hard to fit some disorder criteria to yourself, you will fit almost every disorder because there are extremly thin lines everywhere.
WoW is important part of my life and it takes a lot of time in it. However, it never was and never will be an addiction. You can't get bored of addiction and there have been many times I would rather do something else than play WoW. I also doubt that WoW is really addicting for you - it can be very appealing but still without a chemical part it simply can't keep you focused on it and only it 100% time.
Also don't confuse a habit with addiction. If someone plays games for 2 hours after school for example and then one day the computer breaks and they can't, it's not a withdrawal symptom when they find themselves thinking about playing when they normally were or getting bored and not finding things to do.
It depends. For me, at this point, its an addiction. I rarely have any fun at the game anymore, I hardly really do anything when im online, but I still play it. It is also some times fucking up for my real life. Thats addiction.
Before I started playing wow like seriously, I played Counter Strike 1.6 for years. I have so many good memories from that time. All my best friends played it, we had a semi-pro team. We went to big LAN's, sometimes we won sometimes we lost, and we all felt like champs when winning, and horrible when losing. Thats passion.