Gaming addiction: it may not be as much of a crisis as some expect

Today (3 March) marks the launch of the latest games console to hit our homes, the Nintendo SwitchAs fears continue to grow about gaming addiction, expert Andrew K Przybylski – whose study draws on data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society survey – says the future of research in the field must be large, collaborative, and transparent.


Few activities stir the imagination or popular concern more than video gaming. Nearly all young people in the UK now regularly play games – four in five of those we surveyed play daily – and the possibility they may impact on health, aggression, or human development is controversial. Continue reading