CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association is backing off on its decision to call excessive video game playing a formal psychiatric addiction, saying instead that more research is needed.
A report prepared for the Chicago-based A-M-A's annual policy meeting had sought to strongly encourage that video game addiction be included in a widely used diagnostic manual of psychiatric illnesses.
But A-M-A delegates today instead adopted a watered-down measure. It declares that while overuse of video games and online games can be a problem for children and adults, calling it a formal addiction would be premature.
Addiction specialist Stuart Gitlow says there's simply no science to support it.