Except the study isn't determining whether or not videogame addiction leads to depression at all. They studied the effects of intense video gaming on children and observed what happened in relation to depression. The title of the escapist article is a little misleading, but the scientific article is actually quite sound. They showed that the kids who did have social phobias and were depressed and then turned to video games became even MORE depressed and socially awkward, and that when they quit their depression became less intense.Not G. Ivingname said:What the study fails to test if the depression is the cause of the video game playing.Greg Tito said:Snip
The study didn't indicate if say the children in question are be socially rejected (and are now depressed) and have turned to their hobby to escape the real world.
It would be like seeing that the teenagers that are not in school drink the most coffee, then concluding that coffee kills braincells and makes kids go out of school. What is equally likely that is happening is that teenagers that dropped out just have the time to drink more coffee.