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Another relevant post to our explorations of internet addiction and psychosis, Dr Orzack advances the evidence that 40% of World of Warcraft players are addicted to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was true. The only thing that I wonder is, what about Second Life, what are the statistics for addiction for that “game”?
I am not surprised by these findings, because any type of game or simulation that is so immersive that users can find replacement for their everyday lives, are dangerous. Especially to borderline or addictive personalities.
If you’re suffering from dry eyes, headaches, back aches, erratic sleep patterns, it may be more than just your average hangover: according to Dr. Maressa Orzack, you could be suffering from video and computer game addiction. A clinical psychologist, Orzack is founder and coordinator of Computer Addiction Services at McLean Hospital in Newton, Mass., and is also an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Computer Addiction Services is one of the few outpatient clinics in the U.S. that provides specific treatment for game addiction.
While many people dispute the notion, Orzack believes that game addiction is a true mental disorder. As a result, she has worked with numerous gamers over the years to help them break the hold that games have on them.
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This post is part of a series on the Dangers of The Internet.
- The Problem With Second Life
- Blog and Internet Psychosis
- How to Manage MMORG Addictions, Testimonials, Tips and tricks
- Information Addiction
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