WoW Addiction More Shameful Than Porn

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Posted on June 9, 2008, Shawn Sines WoW Addiction More Shameful Than Porn

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According to Dr. Jerald Block, there is more shame in a gaming addiction than an addiction to porn. Dr. Block specializes in treating Internet addicts and has recently published an editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry urging his fellows to make “Internet Addiction” a new diagnostic term although he prefers the term “pathological computer use.”

BLOCK: Some people come in for trouble with Internet porn. But the computer gamers tend to be harder to treat. People feel a lot of shame around computer games. Whereas, it’s socially acceptable to have a porn problem.

IDEAS: You can’t be serious. You mean your clients are more ashamed of …

BLOCK: …playing World of Warcraft than looking at porn. Yes.

As a society we understand that porn is something people do, and you can see a psychiatrist and get treated for it. But gaming is hard to describe to anyone else. So these people can’t explain their situation to friends. In fact, it’s hard to give you an example of what my clients talk about, because gaming is enormously complicated.

I have no idea what this man is talking about. I’m quite proud of my gaming addiction.

via Boston.com; Picture from Basil Childers for the Boston Globe

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