WHO declares 'gaming disorder' is an actual disease

Do you know a gaming addict in your life? They have a disease, according to the World Health Organization.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Jan 2 2018 10:38 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

We all know a gamer that plays way too many games, with countless people addicted to gaming in all forms: PC/console gaming, mobile gaming, and other forms of gaming.

WHO declares 'gaming disorder' is an actual disease | TweakTown.com

But now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated their list of classified diseases, and included a "gaming disorder" in this revised list. WHO's new draft of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) describes the "gaming disorder" as a "pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour" whether it's online, or offline.

The description continues, saying:

  1. impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context)
  2. increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities
  3. continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences

What do people with this "gaming disorder" need to look out for? WHO says that they're at risk of "significant impairment" to not just their personal, family, and social lives, but their education and work lives. The WHO also lists something they refer to as "hazardous gaming" that they explain as "a pattern of gaming, either online or offline that appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health consequences to the individual or to others around this individual".

WHO continues: "The increased risk may be from the frequency of gaming, from the amount of time spent on these activities, from the neglect of other activities and priorities, from risky behaviours associated with gaming or its context, from the adverse consequences of gaming, or from the combination of these. The pattern of gaming is often persists in spite of awareness of increased risk of harm to the individual or to others".

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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