Amount of Time Spent Playing
How much time do you have to spend in front of a screen in order to have an addiction?
This is the question most frequently asked by friends and family who are concerned about excessive use. Certain studies* have shown that the time spent in front of a screen is not a reliable diagnostic criteria for excessive use or addiction. The concept of time should therefore be interpreted with caution; it is more useful to consider a range of indicators such as loss of control and negative consequences.
Excessive video game or Internet use is most often transient and becomes chronic in only a minority of people.