Saying the issue needed more study, the American Medical Assn. on Wednesday scaled back a controversial proposal that sought to declare excessive video-game playing a mental disorder akin to pathological gambling.
The association also decided against urging parents to limit to two hours a day the amount of time their kids play video games, watch television and surf the Internet.
Instead, the medical association Wednesday removed the word “addiction” and decided to simply forward its report expressing concerns about “video-game overuse” to the psychiatric group, which is revising its mental-health manual.
Juice Newton was unavailable for comment, though presumably, displeased.