iOS app Android app

Internet Gaming Addiction

The Dark Side of Farmville: When Social Media and Mobile Gaming Go Too Far

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alissa Fleck

The sun may never set on Farmville, but hopefully a generation of people will be able to look back and say, I have not wasted my life and alienated those around me by buying fake cows and harvesting fake crops for hours on end under the guise of improving my social connections.

How Game Designers Strategically Keep Kids Addicted to Playing

Joel Bakan | Posted 10.06.2011 | Parents
Joel Bakan

Games tap kids' particular fascinations, and are structured in ways that elicit repeat and continued play. "Gaming addiction is a sign of total design success," according to one game designer.

The Latest Addiction

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Why do some internet gamers, who often play in total obscurity, keep playing until they die?