When I heard about this, I went ‘Oh hell, here we go again’. A Psychologist calims at 40% of all World of Warcraft players are addicted to the game. Does this mean that 40% of all City of Heroes players (my alleged MMO addiction are also addicted) are also addicted? Why are people always pulling this crap out of their asses?
Dr. Maressa Orzack, who also heads the Computer Addictions Services at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts; is telling people that a whole bunch of MMO players are addicted. First thing I want to know is where she got this 40% cam from? Where is the proof of this data? When was the study done? If she’s pulling her data from the Daedalus Project? Funny, that there’aren’t any numbers like that and the people involve with the project don’t like to use the words addiction or site a single reason while people play a an MMO excessively.
As far as I’m concerned, this is just someone grandstanding and trying to get attention. We went through this crap with rap music, TV, rock music, video games and even comic books. This is all just bullshit.
I’m sure that this ‘expert’ can site a couple of extreme examples but I could also site a few things about people who grandstand fake facts and what happens to them after.
I have a feeling that she’s one of these doctors that prescribes Ritalin to preschoolers because they’re not paying attention. OF COURSE THEY’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION. THEY’RE ONLY 4 YEARS OLD.
Next thing you know, she’s going to want a warning sticker to be put on their TV, claming that a TV can be addictive. Oh better yet, how about a warning sticker on a newborn baby stating that the baby will take time away from other things and become an important part of your life.
Bottom line, Dr. Orzack making this crap up.
My 2 bytes.