WHO Says Video Games Are A Health Hazard, Gaming Industry Vehemently Disagrees

Ebony Scott
January 5, 2018

World Health Organization defines the disorder as a "persistent or recurrent" behavior pattern of "sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning".

As Cinemablend notes, the decision by the World Health Organization to label gaming as a disorder is being taken seriously by those in the community for fear that it would lead to further stigmatization.

World Health Organization was entrusted with the ICD at its creation in 1948 and published the 6th version, ICD-6, that incorporated morbidity for the first time.

Dr Richard Graham, lead technology addiction specialist at the Nightingale Hospital in London, welcomed the decision to recognise the condition.

"It's always been a concern of mine what the physiological impact of gaming is on my children", said Corinne Mattson, whose 10-year-old son plays video games a couple of times a week in the basement. It still needs to be approved and this is what the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) wants to stop, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

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"Gaming disorder is a relatively new concept and epidemiological data at the population level are yet to be generated", he said. "The World Health Organisation knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive".

The provisional guidelines say that an individual should demonstrate an abnormal fixation on gaming for at least a year before being diagnosed with the disorder, which will be classified as an "addictive behaviour", Jasarevic said.

Getty ImagesHave you ever stayed up playing Xbox thinking, 'One more go, ' then noticed it was time to go to work? The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

Other symptoms include "the continuation and escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences".

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