Journal article

Internet Gaming Disorder: An Emergent Health Issue for Men

Kevin H Chen, John L Oliffe, Mary T Kelly

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MENS HEALTH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Internet gaming is a legitimate leisure activity worldwide; however, there are emerging concerns that vast numbers of gamers are becoming addicted. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) classified Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) as a condition warranting more clinical research ahead of formalizing it as a mental disorder. Proposed as a behavioral addiction, IGD shares many similarities in both physical and psychosocial manifestations with substance use disorder, including cerebral changes on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Among the gaming population, compared to females, adolescent and adult males demonstrate far more addictive internet gaming use in terms of scre..

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