Experts: Video games can be as addictive as drugs, children are most vulnerable

Experts say teens and children are most vulnerable to becoming addicted to video games.

Experts say teens and children are most vulnerable to becoming addicted to video games. (3/26/13)

BROOKLYN - Addiction to video games and the Internet is gaining legitimacy as a psychological disorder.

Experts say violent video games can be as addicting as drugs, with teens and young children being the most vulnerable demographic. Research from psychologists shows there is a high correlation between teens playing these games and implementing violence as a way to deal with problems.

Signs of a preoccupation with gaming could include lying, disobedience at time limits and social withdrawal. Experts suggest that parents seek psychological help if symptoms continue.

Video game addiction has been mentioned in a new Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association, meaning there could be a formal diagnosis by as early as next year.

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