Could Gaming Addiction Be an Actual Mental Disorder?
You may have that one family member that you can never get away from their remote control or smartphone. Is this person obsessed with playing video games to the point it's disrupting their own lives?
Well, Business Insider is saying that the World Health Organization could soon add too much gaming to an updated list of mental health conditions in the next copy of the International Classification of Diseases.
Could playing too many video games really be as destructive as substance abuse or gambling? Is it possible?
Business Insider says that the draft states it could meet "mental disorder" status based on three things: if a person loses control over their gaming habits, if they start to prioritize gaming over many other interests or activities, and if they continue playing despite clear negative consequences.
So, what do you think of this? Is this something that warrants further research, or are we as a society just slapping more labels on easily modified behavior habits?
Do you actually know anyone who may have played so many video games that they lost their job or ruined a relationship?