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Do Individuals with Internet Gaming Disorder Share Personality Traits with Substance-Dependent Individuals?

Publication date2022-08-03
First online date2022-08-03

(1) Background: Internet gaming disorder (IGD) shares many similarities with substance use disorder (SUD), contributing to its recognition as an addictive disorder. Nevertheless, no study has compared IGD to other addictive disorders in terms of personality traits established as highly co-occurring with SUDs. (2) Methods: We recruited a sample of gamers (massively multiplayer online role-playing games) (MMORPGs) via online in-game forums. We compared 83 individuals with IGD (MMORPG-IGD group) to 47 former heroin addicts under methadone maintenance treatment (MMT; MMT group) with regard to alexithymia, impulsivity, sensation seeking and aggressiveness assessed through self-administered scales, being TAS-20, BIS-10, Z-SSS and BDHI, respectively. (3) Results: Our results draw a relatively similar personality profile between groups but indicate that the subject traits are generally more pronounced in the MMT cohort. The overall lesser intensity of these traits in the MMORPG-IGD group might reflect the greater variability in the severity of the IGD. (4) Conclusions: IGD shares personality traits with MMT, and intensity may be influenced by the severity of the addiction or by certain direct environmental factors, and might also influence the propensity towards one behavior rather than another.

  • Aggressiveness
  • Alexithymia
  • Impulsivity
  • Internet gaming disorder
  • Sensation seeking
  • Substance use disorder
  • Behavior, Addictive
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin D
  • Internet
  • Internet Addiction Disorder / epidemiology
  • Personality
  • Video Games
  • French Ministry of Health PHRC Program - [N/2009/54]
Citation (ISO format)
GIUSTINIANI, Julie et al. Do Individuals with Internet Gaming Disorder Share Personality Traits with Substance-Dependent Individuals? In: International journal of environmental research and public health, 2022, vol. 19, n° 15, p. 9536. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159536
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ISSN of the journal1660-4601

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