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Information about problem gaming

  • Playing video games excessively can lead to poor academic performance, work-related problems and conflicts with friends and family.
  • People whose gaming habits are problematic (problem gamers) or who are addicted to video games are more likely to experience health problems such as headache, back pain, insomnia, restlessness and depression.
  • In some cases, playing video games excessively can be a symptom of other mental disorders.
  • 2.8% of people who play video games are categorised as problem gamers.
  • 0.5% are categorised as video game addicts.
  • Younger gamers have a higher risk of being problem gamers than older gamers.
  • It is more often men who have problems with video gaming than women.