Over eight percent of American children may be addicted to video games, according to a new study out of Iowa State University.
Researchers there studied survey results from 1,100 8 to 18 year-olds.
They found eight point five percent reported at least six symptoms of addiction, including irritability when play is scaled back, skipping homework to play, turning to video games to escape problems and stealing games or money in order to play more.
The study also found children who were gamers performed worse in school and were more likely to have ADHD.
However, some experts say "addiction" may be too strong a word, rather, these students may be having trouble balancing their gaming with other daily activities.