Games not addictive says game addiction clinic founder

Games not addictive says game addiction clinic founder

Two years ago, we reported that a ‘game addiction clinic’ in the Netherlands opened its doors to treat kids who had an unhealthy obsession with computer games. Bah humbug, we said. Hogwash, we mooted. Fiddlesticks, we cawed.

And indeed, Keith Bakker, founder of the Smith & Jones clinic, now argues that gaming isn’t addictive, but that excessive use is a sign that something else is wrong.

This is one more step in the continuing trend that sees games critics turning their condemning glances away from games and onto parents and guardians. As Bakker explained to the BBC,

“…the more we work with these kids the less I believe we can call this addiction. What many of these kids need is their parents and their school teachers – this is a social problem.”

“This gaming problem is a result of the society we live in today,” Mr Bakker told BBC News. “Eighty per cent of the young people we see have been bullied at school and feel isolated. Many of the symptoms they have can be solved by going back to good old fashioned communication.”

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