Today, rapidly-developing technology affects an individual’s life in many fields and it is also effective on games which are the basic need of children. Digital games do not only affect the children’s life affirmatively, they also cause lots of negativities. One of these negativities is the digital game addiction. Especially, in puberty, when children experience social and emotional stressful period, children’s becoming a game addicted can affect their development negatively. From this perspective, determination of factors which are influential in children’s becoming digital game addicted can provide resources for experts and next studies. Aim of this study is to detect whether some variables are influential on the digital game addiction level of children who play digital game and study in secondary school. In the study quantitative research method and criterion sampling which is one of the study group sampling methods were used. The study involves 134 students who study in two different secondary schools in Erzincan and play digital games. In order to determine the demographic characteristics of the children, General Information Form developed by the researcher was applied and also Digital Game Addiction Scale which was developed by Hazar and Hazar (2017) was employed to determine the digital game addiction level of the children. As a result of the study it was found that age and mother’s playing digital game variables had an influence on the digital game addiction level of children but other variables; gender, number of sibling, educational background of father and mother, father’s playing digital game and type of digital game were not influential on digital game addiction level of children.
Keywords: Digital game, addiction, child, scale