This CNN article written by Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan to promote the new TED Book, "The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It," concludes that the Internet-using-male-gamer out there is addicted to pornography (sex) and video games (violence), and as a result isn't quite capable of achieving academic goals, real-world relationships, or taking any chances. They sum it up by calling it "arousal addiction," and they come to this conclusion based on a survey of "20,000 men, numerous individual interviews and dozens of studies."
It should be noted that video game addiction has not officially been recognized by any U.S. or international psychiatric governing body.
, but Internet and sexual addictions are recognized.
In their article the authors also try to connect video games to tragedies like Seungseob Lee, the South Korean man who went into cardiac arrest after playing StarCraft for nearly 50 hours; the Oslo, Norway shooter Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people and claimed he played Call of Duty to train and World of Warcraft just for fun; and the 2009 MTV "True Life" story of a man named Adam who was kicked out of his house by his wife because he played too much World of Warcraft..
The article goes on to cite research that shows children and adults become aggressive after playing violent video games, as well as research on pornography.
Will "arousal addiction" be the new buzz word of anti-game researchers in the future? I think so, but that's just my opinion, just like this article is the opinion of (we assume) two well-meaning researchers. We just wish CNN had designated this article as an op-ed piece.
You can find the book "The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It" on Amazon.com.
Update: Internet and sexual addictions were not included in the latest public update on DSM-5, the next edition of American psychiatry's diagnostic guide (to be released in May 2013). We have corrected the story accordingly and appreciate everyone pointing out the error.