First News - - Front Page - by Han­nah Tim­son

COULD gam­ing be bad for you? The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion thinks so and has come up with a new health risk, called gam­ing dis­or­der.

The dis­or­der is de­scribed in a sim­i­lar way to an ad­dic­tion. It in­cludes be­hav­iour such as a weak con­trol over gam­ing, in­creas­ingly putting gam­ing be­fore other daily ac­tiv­i­ties and in­ter­ests, and con­tin­u­ing gam­ing even when there are neg­a­tive con­se­quences.

A per­son can be di­ag­nosed with a gam­ing dis­or­der if their be­hav­iour is bad enough that it’s af­fect­ing their per­sonal life, fam­ily and ed­u­ca­tion or oc­cu­pa­tion. It will nor­mally be ev­i­dent for at least 12 months.

The dis­or­der has been added to a draft of the 11th Re­vi­sion of the In­ter­na­tional Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases. This is like a big data­base where health trends, con­di­tions and statis­tics are recorded.

Gamers shouldn’t worry too much, as stud­ies show that the dis­or­der only af­fects a tiny num­ber of peo­ple who take part in dig­i­tal or videogam­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. How­ever, the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion sug­gests that those who like gam­ing should make sure they are aware of how long they spend play­ing and the ef­fects it can have.

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