Computer game addiction generally refers to the excessive or compulsive playing of computer games to an extent that can interfere in a player’s daily life and have a severe negative impact on his or her social life, professional or education commitments, and health. It is also referred to as video game addiction. Excessive playing of computer games can result in social isolation, depression, mood swings, absenteeism at work, and a host of additional undesirable behaviors. In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association concluded that there is insufficient evidence to label computer game addiction as an official mental disorder, but it did include proposed criteria for “Internet Gaming Disorder” in a section for further study in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental ...

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