Exploration of the Profile and Intention in Restricting Online Game in Teenagers with Gaming Disorder: A Qualitative Study


  • Sitti Djannah Department of Master in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Fatwa Tentama Department of Master in Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Rendi Sinanto Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economic, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Sulistyawati Sulistyawati Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Surahma Asti Mulasari Department of Master in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesi
  • Tri Wahyuni Sukesi Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Rokhmayanti Rokhmayanti Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Siti Kurnia Widi Hastuti Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Syamsu Hidayat Department of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Ulinnuha Yudiansa Putra Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economic, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia




Teenagers, Profile, Intention in restricting online gaming



Gaming disorder is one of the mental disorders when someone does his spare time activity by playing the game and is addicted to playing online games. This condition is more common in adolescents and eventually could harm their health. Hence, the researchers interested to study the teenagers' profiles and intentions to identify their efforts and obstacles in restricting online games.


This study aimed to explore the profile and addiction scales of teenagers with online gaming disorder and to identify their intentions, plans, and obstacles in reducing their addictions.


The study employed qualitative research with a phenomenology approach. The research included six online gamer participants. The researcher selected the participants by using a purposive sampling technique. They were game-addicted teenagers according to the scale of gaming addiction. The researchers collected the data with a guided interview and an observation list. They analyzed the data using phenomenology analysis.  


The scale of addiction data showed that all informants were in a high category of addiction. This scale of addiction was in line with their profiles of playing games at least five hours a day because they perceived playing games as an urgent activity to relieve stress or as entertainment. When they played online games, they held back hunger and skipped their meals, even though they were hungry and often held back urinating. Besides, being actively playing at night made them sleep in the daytime. In addition, the data showed that four of the informants stated that they had some intentions and plans to reduce or quit playing, but they did not have specific plans. They had not followed up on their readiness and had not known when to reduce or stop playing online games. Some obstacles cause them to have no intentions.


The profiles of the teenagers with gaming disorders showed a high category of addiction scale. They played online games as stress-relieving entertainment. When playing, they often held hunger, thirsty, urinating, and did not sleep at night. There were some teenagers with gaming disorders who had no intention of reducing or stopping the games. Meanwhile, some others were willing to reduce and quit the game, but they did not have any alternative activities and did not know when they will stop playing online games. Friends' invitation, the fun of playing games, problems of self-control/habits, the temptation of watching other gamers playing, boredom, and the new trend of the electronic game sport were the obstacles for the addictive teenagers to control their online gaming.


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How to Cite

Djannah S, Tentama F, Sinanto R, Sulistyawati S, Mulasari SA, Sukesi TW, Rokhmayanti R, Hastuti SKW, Hidayat MS, Putra UY. Exploration of the Profile and Intention in Restricting Online Game in Teenagers with Gaming Disorder: A Qualitative Study. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2021 Oct. 19 [cited 2024 May 26];9(E):1140-6. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/7209



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