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Addictions and Motivations for MMORPG use

My latest research study on addiction and motivations for MMORPG use has been published in the Computers in Human Behavior journal. The link below provides you with access to the research article until June 9, 2015.


Full reference:

Hussain, Z., Williams, G.A. & Griffiths, M.D. (2015). An Exploratory of the Association between Online Gaming Addiction and Enjoyment Motivations for Playing Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games. Computers in Human Behavior, 50, 221-230.

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The 2nd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Budapest 2015.

Here is the abstract for the paper I presented at the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, Budapest 2015.

Online Gaming Addiction and Motivations: Psychological links, assessment and treatment.  

Zaheer Hussain, Glenn Williams & Mark Griffiths.

Email: z.hussain@derby.ac.uk

Background and Aims: The ever increasing popularity of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) provides an important context for examining addiction. The present paper will discuss research findings of two studies investigating the psychological effects of online gaming and factors relating to online gaming addiction and motivations.

Methods: Study 1: A self-selecting sample of 119 online gamers ranging from 18 to 69 years (mean = 28.5 years) completed an online survey. Study 2: A sample of 1,167 gamers ranging from 12 years to 62 years (M = 23.5 years) completed an online survey.

Results: Study 1: Results showed that 41% of gamers played online to escape and 7% of gamers were classified as ‘dependent’ individuals who were at risk of developing a psychological dependence for online gaming. Excessive online gaming was significantly correlated with psychological and behavioural ‘dependence’. Study 2: Latent Class Analysis revealed five classes of gaming addiction-related experiences: (1) high risk of addiction, (2) time-affected, (3) intermediate risk of addiction, (4) emotional control, and (5) low risk of addiction classes. Membership of the high risk of addiction class was significantly predicted by belonging to a highly social and competitive class, a novelty class, or an aggressive, anti-social, and non-curious class.

Conclusions: Examining gaming addiction along a continuum of addictive-like experiences and the extent to which these experiences can be triggered by certain motivations to play are important. The implications of these findings for assessment and treatment of online gaming addiction and potentially new addictions are discussed.

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Data for sale: Data tracking is a common practice

According to a study conducted by the university of Oxford as covered by Wired Magazine – ‘My Identity for Sale’ (http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2014/11/features/my-identity-for-sale), it’s very easy to identify individuals even when data is anonymised. De-anonymising is even easier when the data is merged with other databases (e.g., purchasing).

The article states that companies are selling your data to others, who then merge the data with other mega-databases thereby identifying you individually and revealing enormous information about your life.

This is all happening quietly without fully informing the public amidst a context of data being lost, sold, combined with other data, and the abuse of the publics right of privacy.

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Smartphone use Media Coverage 2015

It’s been a busy 10 days with a lot of calls and emails regarding my research study. Here are some links to the international media coverage regarding my recent research paper on Smartphone use, Addiction, Narcissism and Personality;

The Guardian: http://bit.ly/1M9sYEO
Yahoo News (India): http://bit.ly/18WncrX
Wired (Deutsch): http://bit.ly/1BVzmhv
Dublin News: http://bit.ly/1ElbmVs
Business Standard: http://bit.ly/17Xu7jC
The New Indian Express: http://bit.ly/1wZL976
Thai Tech: http://bit.ly/1Not2C7
Shiny Shiny: http://bit.ly/1CFDPEV
NDTV.com: http://bit.ly/1ESDPAQ
The Times of India: http://bit.ly/1GpBCys
Deccan Herald: http://bit.ly/1BNwy4z
Guardian Liberty Voice: http://bit.ly/1A395HI
Hindustan Times: http://bit.ly/1Kwf6qR
Mashable: http://on.mash.to/1x8fIYl
ITV Good Morning Britain: http://bit.ly/1DY5Xkr
ITV News: http://bit.ly/1DOQErE
BBC East Midlands Today: http://bbc.in/1B9Bv5P (clip starts at 08:40)
iDigital Times: http://bit.ly/1zNg7PZ
Geek Wire: http://bit.ly/1BTJ188
Metro (Poland): http://bit.ly/1aMoDdb


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