A new study finds that people with video game-related addictions often struggle to quit, while people who struggle to manage their gaming addiction are much less likely to quit.
The study, published online Monday in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, looked at the results of a survey of more than 5,000 people with an interest in video game or video game related issues.
The findings indicate that gaming addiction is more common among those who struggle with addiction and that those who try to stop gaming have little success.
The authors suggest that gamers may have a hard time losing interest in the games that have become the mainstay of gaming in the past decade.
The new study is the latest in a string of studies showing gaming is linked to more serious health problems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that video game players are more likely to develop chronic health conditions like obesity and hypertension, as well as depression and other psychiatric disorders.
Some scientists have also argued that video games may be contributing to mental health issues such as depression.
The researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to assess the relationship between gaming addiction and health problems, including mental health, depression and substance use disorders.
The survey covered 9,904 people ages 13 to 17 in the U.S.
A majority of the participants in the survey said they had attempted to stop playing games.
The study found that 41 percent of those who tried to stop had been successful, compared with only 14 percent of the non-gamers.
A third of the people in the study who tried gaming-related cessation treatments were unsuccessful.
More than half of the survey participants said they played video games for hours a day, while the other half said they were not particularly active.
The authors of the study said that this could be because gaming addiction may have evolved to take advantage of people who are in the throes of addiction.
The number of people with a serious video game problem rose from 12 percent to 24 percent between 1999 and 2016, according to the study.
Those who tried video game cessation treatments had lower rates of serious gaming problems and more consistent abstinence outcomes than those who didn’t.
But the authors cautioned that the results may not be generalizable to other kinds of addictions.
The researchers said they would like to see more research into how video games are linked to health problems and whether they are more harmful than they are helpful.
They also noted that the study only examined video game use, not use of other forms of media.