Dislocation Theory of Addiction
I was going to start this post with an off-topic warning, but addiction is mentioned frequently in the context of gaming, and more often than not, as a blunt instrument in the hands of ignorant politicians. The comic above is taken from The “Rat Park” experiment which turns the traditional arguments about addiction in rodent populations on their head – isolation and sensory deprivation would turn anyone to drugs and there is proof. After viewing the science, you can jump right to the implications and conclusions presented in The Rise and Fall of the Official View of Addiction, by Bruce K. Alexander, Professor Emeritus and author of the Rat Park study.
EDIT: I deleted the embedded interview of him because he went Full Socialist and everyone knows that you don’t go Full Socialist. I agree with his ideas demonstrated by his study of rats, that it is the environment and social fragmentation of the individual more than some genetic/neural predisposition or medical condition that is going to account for the greatest number of addictions (anyone remember Trading Places?). That’s where he should have stopped.