publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Distinguishing addiction and high engagement in the context of online game playing

Charlton, John P.; Danforth, Ian D.W.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 May 2007 Journal: Computers in Human Behavior, volume 23, pages 1,531-1,548 (issn: 0747-5632, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
This study considered whether the distinction between core and peripheral criteria for behavioral addiction, previously drawn with respect to computing activities in general, applies in the specific area of Massively Multiplayer Online Game playing. Questionnaire items were administered over the Internet to 442 game players. Factor-analysis of the data supported the previous findings for computing in general. An addiction factor loaded on items tapping previously identified core criteria (conflict, withdrawal symptoms, relapse and reinstatement and behavioral salience) and a (non-pathological) engagement factor loaded on items tapping previously identified perip...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_PERSONALCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), General Psychology
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