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8.5% of US Youths Who Play Video Games Show Multiple Signs of Addiction

Posted May 14 2009 4:58pm

U.S. Youths Addicted to Video Games, Study Finds – washingtonpost.com

A new study concludes that children can become addicted to playing video games, with some skimping on homework, lying about how much they play and struggling, without success, when they try to cut back.

In what is described as the first nationally representative study in the United States on the subject, researcher Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University found that 8.5 percent of American youths ages 8 to 18 who play video games show multiple signs of behavioral addiction.

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