'Video game addiction' officially recognized by World Health Organization

Gaming disorder, which basically boils down to video game addiction, has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization .

The new revision goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

Here's the definition in full:

Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by:
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; and
3. continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

There are many people that play video games to an extent that feels like they meet some of these descriptors, but it's important to remember that this is a deeper issue than just playing video games a lot.

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