Porn addiction more accepted than WoW?

Would you say that in a normal conversation, if you were to bring up the fact that you're addicted to porn, that would be more acceptable than if you were to say that you're addicted to World of Warcraft? In a recent interview with Dr. Jerald Block, a psychiatrist who specializes in internet addictions, he says that his clients are usually more shameful about a World of Warcraft addiction than a porn addiction. Block says, "As a society we understand that porn is something people do, and you can see a psychiatrist and get treated for it. But gaming is hard to describe to anyone else. So these people can't explain their situation to friends. In fact, it's hard to give you an example of what my clients talk about, because gaming is enormously complicated."

One of the major problems that Block feels he can tackle better than other therapists is the fact that most therapists have no idea what a guild is or what it means to hit max level. For this reason, many times the players who feel they need professional help end up turning to the wrong resources such as online support groups rather than seeking true mental health professionals.

[Via CVG]
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