I've covered this topic before at length. I'd still put myself in the "skeptic" category, but I have to admit that a big reason I'm still wavering on computer addiction is simply my own fear: If it really exists, the implications are far-reaching and terrifying.
After all, a console video game isn't that much different than, say, Facebook. The physical activity is the same: Staring, pushing buttons. Stimulus, reward.
How is all this screen time re-wiring our brains? Who, if anyone, controls the medium? And to what end?
Does keeping a healthy distance from the computer make us more connected to our surroundings—or more isolated, because everybody else is plugged in?
Finally, is it self-defeating, or just silly, that I'm blogging about this subject?
One interesting finding in the Iowa State study: "Pathological gamers were also significantly more likely to have been involved in physical fights in the past year."
Doesn't he mean that gamers were more likely to lose a fight?
(Cross-posted at pinecore.com)