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About 10 Percent of Gamers Show Pathological Addiction

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In a new six-year study, the longest ever conducted on video game addiction, researchers found that about 90% of gamers do not play in a way that is harmful or causes negative long-term consequences.

However, a significant minority can experience true addiction and as a result can suffer mentally, socially and behaviorally.

The findings are published in the journal Developmental Psychology. “The aim of this particular study is to look at the longer-term impact of having a particular relationship with video games and what it does to a person over time,” said Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life at Brigham Young University (BYU) and lead author of the research. “To see the impact, we examined the trajectories of pathological video gameplay

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