The World Health Organisation will soon recognise gaming addiction as a mental health condition.
A lot of places already recognise it as a problem, but having it officially added to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will raise awareness and help gaming addicts get the help they need.
- loss of control over gaming (not being able to easily stop gaming)
- increased priority given to gaming (choosing gaming over seeing friends, eating, sleeping)
- continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences (not cutting down – or gaming even more – after things get bad, like getting in trouble for missing school because you were playing World of Warcraft all night)
Did you know…
In South Korea gaming addiction was such a problem they made it illegal for anyone under 16 to play online games between midnight and 6am!