Are You Addicted?
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There was a story on NPR the morning of 10/20/2013 http://www.npr.org/2013/10/20/238095806/when-playing-video-g... about an organization named reSTART located just outside Seattle that is dedicated to helping people who have an "addiction" to technology, and especially video games.

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To save a lot of flaming, let's first discuss what an addiction is. If you read the addiction literature, you will likely be bombarded with lots of discussions of dopamine and the nucleus accumbens, none of which is really relevant here.

A user is consider to be dependent on a substance if their use of the substance exhibits tolerance, requiring larger amounts of the substance to achieve the same effect, and withdrawal, the exhibition of unpleasant effects upon cessation of use.

Addiction is usually defined as compulsive continuation of a behavior despite increasingly adverse effects.

Technically, you can be dependent on a substance without being addicted to it, but the two terms are frequently used interchangeably.
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Not everyone who uses an addictive substance will become addicted to it. Not everyone who drinks alcohol becomes an alcoholic, and the estimate is that only about 30 percent of cocaine users become addicts.
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There has been some debate about whether pure behaviors can be addictive, but current thinking is that they can. Binge eating and compulsive gambling can adversely effect one's physical and financial well being.

 
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As with many other behaviors, the line between "enthusiasm" and "addiction" may get a bit blurred. The question may ultimately boil down to whether one's video game experience is interfering with other activities of daily living. For example:

Is your school work (or office performance) suffering because of time spent playing video games?
Are you not getting sufficient sleep or paying enough attention to personal hygiene because of your video game time?
Is playing video games negatively impacting your social interactions?

Of course, some people may be extremely introverted (Helloooo Asperger's), have poor school performance and never brush their teeth even before they ever played Left 4 Dead, so it's important to look at deviation from the baseline before making judgements.
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Curiously, some people are successfully able to substitute one addictive behavior for another. People trying to quit smoking will frequently take up gum chewing instead. The article mentions that one of reSTART's patients took up playing video games to break him of his marijuana habit.

 
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So perhaps playing video games could be used to help people break a drug addiction.

To test this hypothesis, we'd first need an animal model. Perhaps teach lab rats to play video games and measure the levels of dopamine in their nucleus accumbens. We could then see if the rats would preferentially play World of Warcraft instead of self-administering heroin.
 
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The only problem with this strategy is that although playing video games is not likely to be physically harmful, carpal tunnel syndrome aside, the adverse effects on lifestyle would still persist. Flunking out of college or getting fired due to excessive online activities will still cause a financial hit.
 
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So perhaps one could substitute board games for video games?

With the exception of real-time games, role playing games and Magic: the Gathering, let's look at whether playing board games would pose the same risks as video games.

1) Speed of reinforcement increases addictive potential. With video games the reward system is instantaneous, with board games there is usually some down time.
2) Board games have a definitive end whereas video games are usually open-ended. Compare the time investment in Eight Minute Empire as opposed to Civilization V.
3) Many video game players have a time investment in a character that persists from session to session. With most (but not all) board games, there is no carry-over from one game to the next.
4) Video games commonly do not require a player to have face-to-face interaction with the other players potentially leading to social isolation. Online social skills do not always translate back to the "real" world. On the other hand, no matter how socially inept your average board game player is, he or she cannot play alone--some level of interaction with other players is required.

My conclusion is that playing board games carries less of a risk of "addiction" than playing video games.
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I eagerly await your comments.
 
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