Today, I post my second part of my serial “Fear and Loathing in Azeroth”. Again, here is the original article:
‘Craft Addicts – Do Online Games Trigger a New Psychiatric Disorder? – Boston Globe Online 06/08/2008
Whereas, in the first post I dealt specifically with the shame aspect of Online Gaming Addiction, today we read further into the article and deal with the terminologies used when speaking about this problem.
INTERVIEWER: … how do we distinguish between a passion and an addiction?
BLOCK: Well, let me start with terminology. We do ourselves a disservice when we use the word “addiction.” It is loaded with all sorts of meanings. That’s why I tend to use the term “pathological computer use” instead. I hate the term “Internet addiction.”
INTERVIEWER: But in a recent letter to the American Journal of Psychiatry, you argued that there’s such a thing as “Internet addiction.”
BLOCK: I’m locked into this vocabulary. That’s the term everyone uses and understands. I’d love to get rid of it.
This is the number one argument I have with my friend who is still very addicted to WoW, (already mentioned the whole TV argument in the previous post). What is the true difference between a “passion” and an “addiction”. The definition, unfortunately, makes this so hard to classify VGA or OGA as a psychiatric disorder:
Passion – (n.) Boundless enthusiasm: The object of such enthusiasm.——Addiction - (n.) Compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance: the condition of being habitually or compulsively occupied with or or involved in something.(both definitions courtesy Dictionary.com)
A passion is pretty straight forward: someone can have a passion for sports, a passion for spending time with their family, taking photographs, painting. Passions are, for the most part, endued with a positive overtone, and can consume alot of a person’s time depending on how enthusiastic they are regarding their passion.
Pathological – (adj.) caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition.(definition again courtesy Dictionary.com)