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MU Researchers Identify Risk-Factors for Addictive Video-Game Use among Adults

Escapism, social interaction and rewards fuel problematic gaming behaviors

 


ResearcherHilgard found  individuals who play video games to escape their daily lives are more likely to display problematic video-game behaviors.

Hilgard found individuals who play video games to escape their daily lives are more likely to display problematic video-game behaviors.
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Story posted: Sept. 23, 2013

By: Jesslyn Chew

COLUMBIA, Mo. – New research from the University of Missouri indicates escapism, social interaction and rewards fuel problematic video-game use among “very casual” to “hardcore” adult gamers. Understanding individual motives that contribute to unhealthy game play could help counselors identify and treat individuals addicted to video games.