Gaming Addiction and Aggression in Pakistani Young Adults: Through the Lens of Excitation Transfer Theory


  • Saba Shabbir Lecturer, Dept. of Applied Psychology, Govt. Sadiq College Women University, Bahawalpur
  • Dr Muhammad Saleem Associate Professor, Dept. of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
  • Shazara Mahmood Assistant Professor (Psychology), Govt. SE College Bahawalpur
  • Saima Perveen Research Scholar, Dept. of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur



Gaming Addiction, , Aggression, Young Adults, Excitation Transfer Theory


The present study investigated the relationship between gaming addiction and aggression among young adults. 160 participants (80 males and 80 females) were approached by purposive sampling. Cross-sectional, correlational research design was employed. The data were collected using two questionnaires: Gaming Addiction Inventory for Adults and The Aggression Questionnaire. The data was analyzed through Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 21. Results revealed that gaming addiction has significant but negative relationship with aggression, anger, and physical aggression, however, verbal aggression and hostility were not significantly related. Analysis of gender difference indicated males as more addicted to games than females, while aggression and its variants were not found to be significantly different. The study concluded that video game playing may become a source for releasing aggression, hence, lowering the physiological arousals and reducing aggression in life. The inverse relationship of gaming addiction and aggression implies the positive consideration of games for dealing with aggression among young adults. The study has certain limitations as forthcoming researches should examine the particular types of games with aggression or comparing different age groups will further enlighten the relationship of game playing and aggression.



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How to Cite

Shabbir , S. ., Saleem, D. M. ., Mahmood , S. ., & Perveen , S. . (2020). Gaming Addiction and Aggression in Pakistani Young Adults: Through the Lens of Excitation Transfer Theory. Journal of Professional & Applied Psychology, 1(1), 10–21.