Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 11:29am 3/25/15 11:29am

​The Positive Impact of Video Games

Chances are, if you're reading this you like video games. Video games are awesome right? They can have a positive impact on our lives. They can help us make friends, overcome our problems and help us grow as people. Give me a personal story about the impact of video games over a story about frame rates any day. » 3/03/15 4:45am 3/03/15 4:45am

One Brave Reporter Went Inside America's First Video Game Rehab Center

Video game addiction has never received an authoritative classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychological Association's criteria-setting publication on all things related to mental illness. But that hasn't stopped Americans—health-conscious and prone to… » 6/19/14 6:30pm 6/19/14 6:30pm

The Psychology of a Fanboy: Why You Keep Buying the Same Stuff

None of us want to admit it, but chances are we're all fanboys of something. Whether it's a particular brand of software, gadget, or anything else, we often rally behind companies and ideologies without even realizing it. Here's why we become fanboys and how to prevent it from happening to you. » 9/12/13 1:45pm 9/12/13 1:45pm

The Basic Psychology Behind the Steam Summer Sale, Explained

It seems you can't discuss the Steam Summer Sale without doing one of the following: Personifying your wallet and mourning some injury done to it; bemoaning all the unplayed games you have before piling another on it; commanding friends to buy a game, more for the price than the game and, of course, buying games. » 7/15/13 4:30pm 7/15/13 4:30pm