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Compulsive Video Gaming: Addiction or Vice?

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Compulsive Video Gaming: Addiction or Vice?

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Addiction is most often associated with alcohol, drugs and cigarettes — but what about compulsive eating, gambling, or video gaming? According to the American Psychiatric Association, compulsive gambling meets the criteria for addiction, but compulsive video gaming does not.

Hilarie Cash, co-founder, Internet/Computer Addiction Services

Michael Lemonick, author of "How We Get Addicted," published in Time magazine

Dr. Charles O'Brien, chairman, committee on substance abuse disorders, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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