From Pong to Pokemon go, catching the essence of the Internet Gaming Disorder diagnosis: Commentary on: Chaos and confusion in DSM-5 diagnosis of Internet Gaming disorder: Issues, concerns, and recommendations for clarity in the field (Kuss et al.)

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Abstract

Taking as a starting point, this commentary proposes some issues regarding the diagnosis of Internet Gaming Disorder discussed in Kuss et al. (2016). In our opinion, the confusion in DSM-5 diagnosis could be due to the weak starting point in building the criteria. The criteria such as functional impairment and stability of the dysfunctional behavior are considered. It is suggested that avatar identification, playing motivations, and types of video games should be considered for diagnosis. The diagnostic process is highly influenced by social context and the rapid development of video game industry. The commentary ends by considering the distinction between online and offline video gaming and the critical consideration of everyday behaviors as being addictive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-127
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Keywords

  • DSM-5 diagnosis
  • Internet Gaming Disorder
  • Video game addiction

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