Game addicts maintain social skills, says psychologist

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 12 June 2008 14:57 GMT

According to this Reuters report, 99 percent of “problem gamers” – classed as those given to more than 50 hours of play a week – don’t have poor social skills.

A study, by Australian psychology graduate Daniel Loton, found that 15 percent of 621 adult respondents to an online survey fell into the 50-hour-plus bracket.

“Our findings strongly suggest that gaming doesn’t cause social problems, and social problems are not driving people to gaming,” said Loton.

“What is important to note is that even problem gamers did not exhibit significant signs of poor social skills or low self-esteem.”

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