Over the past decade, video games have become part of a major talk. Are video games problematic? Can video games consume a person’s life? Is it possible to have an addiction to video games? Do video games lead to an increase in violence?
The World Health Organization has recently confirmed that Gaming Disorder will be under the list of behavioral addictions. The WHO is putting Gaming Disorder in their category of ICD’s , which are are their International Classifications of Diseases.
This new classification can cause concerns for many parents or people. There are hundreds of children, teens, and adults who have a gaming addiction, gaming up to 12 hours a day. According the the Pew research center, 97 percent of teens boys and 83 percent of teen girls actively play some sort of video game. This is unhealthy because it can lead to loss of eyesight, a loss in social skills, and a gain in anxiety and depression, according to the Minneapolis-based National Institute for Media.
People should not worry though because it can be difficult to be classified for this addiction. According to WHO, it doesn’t consider the amount of hours one puts into a game, but rather that its someone who lets gaming interfere with their life. Someone who has Gaming Disorder, is someone who can not put the game down. The WHO gives a description of someone with an inability to stop playing even though it interferes with other areas of someone’s life, such as family relationships, school, work, and sleep. This behavior usually continues on for years.
People have begun being classified with Gaming Disorder and have been sent or are seeking treatment.