Escapism appears to be a common predictor of problematic gaming in both professional and recreational gamers.
Researchers identify predictors for those at risk of internet gaming disorder (IGD). Those most at risk for developing IGD are male, have neurotic or introverted personality traits, and are motivated to acquire in-game achievements.
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Researchers have identified neurobiological differences in between men and women who are addicted to online gaming.
Gene expression is influence by gamers' degree of social connectedness to others, researchers report. For those with online gaming addiction, the gene expression can lead to chronic stress.
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A new study attempted to measure the scale of gaming addiction in the general public using the symptoms of 'internet gaming disorder'.