Autistic adults more likely to become addicted to gaming

In a study by NUI Galway, adults who suffer from autism make them more vulnerable to get addicted to games.

 

 

Video gaming remains one of the most polarising forms of entertainment.

A quick scan of media coverage on the topic reveals a lack of consensus, with reporting on the effects of gaming adopting either a strongly positive or negative stance.

 

Autistic adolescents and children do, on average, spend more time playing video games than neurotypicals; 41.4% of autistic adolescents and children spend free time playing video games compared to 18% of their neurotypical peers

 

In a study by NUI Galway, it was found that adults who suffer from autism make them more vulnerable to get addicted to games.

 

In a sample size of more than 500 people it was seen that 9.1 percent with autism had a gaming disorder, compared to 2.9 percent of people who were in the controlled group.

 

It happens because autism or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder makes the person avoid human contacts. He/she tries to divert their mind where there is least human interaction which ultimately makes video games no better option.

 

In the United States it is seen that one out of 88 children have this disorder. It can even range from mild to Asperger syndrome which restricts to very less communication skills. Boys have a tendency of getting it more than that of girls.

 

Common symptoms to detect autism - restricted number of interaction, having less social and communication skills.

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