Video Game Addiction Linked to Depression, Fights, Substance Abuse

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Two new studies say that videogame addiction in kids may have serious consequences.  Although most kids will never have a problem, those who do face an increased risk of depression, substance abuse, and lower grades in school.

A study by an international research team found that 9 percent of Singapore kids were pathological videogame players.  The researchers say this number is similar in countries around the world.

A Yale School of Medicine study found only 5 percent of adolescents reported having symptoms of videogame addiction. However, these kids were more likely to smoke cigarettes, do drugs, and get in fights.

Reading both studies requires a subscription but Science Daily has more info.  You can read about the Singapore study here and the Yale study here.

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  1. Your sensationalistic synopsis confuses causation and correlation. When will people learn basic tenets of critical thought?