Social problems to blame for 90% of gaming “addiction”

By Patrick Garratt, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 10:42 GMT

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Keith Bakker of the Smith & Jones Centre in Amsterdam – a unit that treats videogaming addiction in young people – has told the BBC that he’s changing his methods as 90 percent of those that come to the clinic are wanting nothing more than a bit of a hug.

“These kids come in showing some kind of symptoms that are similar to other addictions and chemical dependencies,” he said.

“But the more we work with these kids the less I believe we can call this addiction. What many of these kids need is their parents and their school teachers – this is a social problem.”

Using traditional abstinence-based treatment models the clinic has had very high success rates treating people who also show other addictive behaviours such as drug-taking and heavy drinking.

But Bakker believes that this kind of cross-addiction affects only 10 percent of gamers.

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