Sixteen-year-old Boy Addicted to World of Warcraft

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

Typically, people who play video games are very intelligent and enjoy being challenged. They are enticed into obtaining quick highs in a video game rather than dealing with their life issues – whether it’s having difficulties in school, a job they hate, relationship problems or financial hardship they may be experiencing. A 2011 study by Zanetta-Dauriet and colleagues showed that five distinct motivations to play video games include achievement, socializing, immersion, relaxing, and escaping.[1]

In addition, video games are a preferred choice during an economic down turn, as proven in the last decade when the United States has experienced such highs and lows in the stability of the economy. Because video games are relatively inexpensive (especially compared to eating out, going to movies, or going on a vacation), video games provide a cheap entertainment source for individuals to immerse themselves in an online digital universe to break away from their troubles.

The news clip below discusses a sixteen-year-old boy addicted to World of Warcraft.


5 Zanetta Dauriat et al. “Motivations to play specifically predict excessive involvement in massively multiplayer online role-playing games: evidence from an online survey.” Eur Addict Res. 2011;17(4):185-9. Epub 2011 Apr 14.


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