Demographics of Individuals exhibiting internet gaming disorder
According to data presented in 2016 by The American Journal of Psychiatry, the prevalence of internet gaming disorder is higher in males than females. The study with 4,995 females and 5,014 males between the ages of 18 and 24 from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany reported 0.80% of males and 0.56% of females within the group had an internet gaming disorder. However, 2.6% in the study reported five or more indicators of an internet gaming disorder and 7.01% of females and 10.41% of males in the study were preoccupied with internet gaming. If statistics from the AJP study were expanded, in theory, as many as one million of the more than 160 million Americans who play internet-based games might meet the proposed DSM-5 criteria for on-line game addiction.