Problematic Video Game Play and ADHD Traits in an Adult Population (2017)

Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2017 May;20(5):292-295. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0676.

Panagiotidi M1.


This study examined the relationship between problematic video game play (PVGP), video game usage, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) traits in an adult population. A sample of 205 healthy adult volunteers completed the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS), a video game usage questionnaire, and the Problem Video Game Playing Test (PVGT). A significant positive correlation was found between the ASRS and the PVGT. More specifically, inattention symptoms and time spent playing video games were the best predictors of PVGP. No relationship was found between frequency and duration of play and ADHD traits. Hyperactivity symptoms were not associated with PVGP. Our results suggest that there is a positive relationship between ADHD traits and problematic video game play. In particular, adults with higher level of self-reported inattention symptoms could be at higher risk of PVGP.

KEYWORDS: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; inattention; problematic video game play; video game addiction; video games

PMID: 28498045

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0676