In 2018, playing video games obsessively might leadto a diagnosis of a mental health disorder.
According to the beta draft of the World Health Organisation's International Compendium of Diseases, being addicted to games could become a recognised medical condition.
Some countries had already identified it as a major public health issue. He spoke to CNN about how the ICD recognizing gaming disorder can aid people who need help from their insurance to seek treatment.
Uses include monitoring of the incidence and prevalence of diseases, observing reimbursements and resource allocation trends, and keeping track of safety and quality guidelines.
Not everyone would agree with my opinion, though, and some organisations exist both in the United Kingdom and around the world to support people who have compulsive gaming behaviour. "And the more I studied it, the more it looked like some people had a problem."We know that it does look like it's a real problem for some people and it does cause serious dysfunction for some people", said Gentile. It puts it on the map as something to take seriously". "I don't think that the WHO's proposal is reflecting a real consensus in the field", said Ferguson, pointing to an among scholars.
"It could lead to confused parents whose children are just enthusiastic gamers", he said in a BBC report this week.
There's a West London clinic, the Centre for Compulsive and Addictive Behaviours, where 100 patients are treated for "digital addictions" such as playing games and watching porn.
He said one question he asked himself was: "Is the addiction taking up neurological real-estate, dominating thinking and preoccupation?" An entry on gaming disorder could further compound long-held negative imagery that gamers have faced since the birth of arcades.
Gentile found that almost 9 percent of children who play video games develop what's called "gaming addiction".
The ESA is intimately intertwined with the United States video games industry and also recently declared that lootboxes aren't gambling, much to the dismay of tons of gamers.