One in twelve gamers “addicted”
Another study on gaming addiction – this time by researchers in Australia. The team surveyed close to 2000 online gamers and determined that approximately 8% would be considered addicted (according to their definition of “addiction”).
“Their whole lives revolve around this activity and there certainly seems to be a problem there – there is an addiction.”
Once again we see a finding very consistent with the estimate that 5%-10% of gamers have excessive habits that may be considered an addiction.
However, it is worth noting that this was an online survey with self-selected respondents – which inevitably introduces a degree of bias into the study. Still, this finding is quite consistent with other research. The 5%-10% estimate is starting to look pretty accurate.
I think the next logical step would be to break down these stats into the type of game being played. If the number collapsed across all games sits at 8%, my guess is that it would be significantly higher for MMORPGs and quite a bit lower for most other genres.
On a positive note, according to this study 92% of gamers have relatively healthy gaming patterns!