Using these criteria, we've been addicted to the following at some point in our lives: Pokémon cards, Pogs, Skittles, Spelling Bees, laser tag, gardening, dating, Lego bricks, Frisbee golf and blogging. Yet somehow, despite our multitude of unshakable, soul-crushing dependencies, we turned out just fine.
You can check out the Entertainment Software Association's response to the study after the jump.
Here's what ESA senior vice president of communications Rich Taylor had to say about Gentile's study:
"This is a report more in search of media headlines than scientific truth and facts. In an interview, though not in the report itself, Dr. Gentile said, 'It's not that games are bad. It's not that games are addictive.' Medical experts, including the American Medical Association, have already rejected the fallacy of video game 'addiction,' and we completely agree."
"Like all forms of entertainment, computer and video games should be a part of a well-rounded lifestyle that includes healthy eating and exercise. It is up to parents to determine when and how often their children should play any game. For our part, the industry already provides a wide range of tools and information, including timers and parental controls, to help caregivers ensure that entertainment software is used appropriately."