WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- “Gaming disorder” is now not just a phrase coined by annoyed parents and significant others when they describe anyone who’s hooked into gaming.
- In fact, the World Health Organization has included the condition in the most recent edition of its Internal Classification of Diseases.
- The complete list of diagnoses will be out this week, including the three vital telltale signs someone is afflicted by the “disease.”
The “gaming disorder” has been highly criticized by experts, particularly the health professionals “who have written it off as being overly broad and subjective,” TechCrunch reported.
According to WHO, the three pieces of evidence that you have a “gaming disorder” are:
- Impaired control over gaming (e.g. onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context)
- Increasing priority is given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities
- Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences
These are very familiar symptoms. But the potential effect significantly differs from “person to person and game to game.”
The WHO list of effects of the disorder are similar to the effects caused by other similar addictive activities defined by the WHO, and that includes gambling disorder.
“Disorders due to addictive behaviors are recognizable and clinically significant syndromes associated with distress or interference with personal functions that develop as a result of repetitive rewarding behaviors other than the use of dependence-producing substances. Disorders due to addictive behaviors include gambling disorder and gaming disorder, which may involve both online and offline behavior,” the WHO wrote.
But according to the WHO, even though they may appear to be universal symptoms, the prevalence of gaming disorder is actually “very low.”
“Millions of gamers around the world, even when it comes to the intense gaming, would never qualify as people suffering from gaming disorder,” Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a WHO member, told CNN.
Source: Tech Crunch