Gaming is Addictive

Chief Propagators: Psychiatrists looking to make an easy buck off parents whose kids happen to like World of Warcraft

Why It’s Dumb: Addictions are defined by their ability to rewire brain chemistry, generally people don’t ingest games

Addictions by nature are caused when the brain develops a dependency on a particular substance because of altered chemistry. Pathologies like gambling and shopping aren’t currently classified as addictions, despite their common nomenclature. Gaming can be habit forming, but by definition it isn’t addictive because it doesn’t have the ability to alter brain chemistry.

That’s not to say pathologies aren’t dangerous, but those conditions are more frequently caused by external factors with the behavior being a vice or outlet for some other inadequacy. Any professional who states that gaming itself is addictive clearly missed psych school the day they talked about escapism.