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Is gaming addiction a “disorder” or a “junk diagnosis”?

Ars Technica: WHO listing renews debate over where to draw the line for "hazardous gaming."

The World Health Organization lists "hazardous gaming" and "gaming disorder" as potential problems "due to substance use or addictive behavior" in a newly proposed draft update of its widely used International Compendium of Diseases. The listings, set to be finalized this year, renew a debate about if and when playing video games can cross the line from casual pastime to a harmful addiction.

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mafiahajeri104d ago

You could potentially get addicted to anything, that's all you really need to know.

If you make time to do whats important like friends, family, work etc. And you game in your free time, that's fine, but when games get in the way of what's important then that's where the problems begin.

Besides there are a ton of other things that are much worse to be addicted to.

Fist4achin104d ago

Well said! Couldn't agree more

TheCommentator104d ago (Edited 104d ago )

The old adage, "Everything in moderation, nothing in excess." springs to mind. Heck, even too much water can kill you.

bluefox755104d ago

I think it has less to do with the game, and more to do with the addiction aspect. If you've ever watched that TV show "My Strange Addiction", there are people who are addicted to eating tires and cat fur. Should there be a disease labeled "cat fur addiction"? No, of course not, because it's not about the cat fur, it's about the mental instability of the individual doing it.

PhantomS42104d ago

Don't knock eating tires until you've tried it =p

I do agree though. It's not a disease but it can be an addiction.

2cents104d ago

I agree. Was typing a similar post when I read yours so I'll just reply to this.
It's not the object of addiction that creates the desire, it's the individual who allows it to manifest and take over.

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stokedAF104d ago

It sounds like they are running out of diseases and are looking for job security.

Diffraction_Fos104d ago

Personally I wouldn't call it an addiction per se. Just a byproduct of too much idle time. The closest game I came to being "addicted" to was World of Warcraft. But that was mostly because I was being lazy and didn't have much to do on a daily basis. Besides that, no game has been able to hold me for longer than a few days OR keep me from my real life chores, duties or obligations. And these past couple of years, I've lost so much enthusiasm for playing games. Whereas in the past, I'd want to play each and every new game I could find, but nowadays, just the thought of playing a game for more than an hour makes me want to throw up.

stokedAF104d ago

I agree. Video games don’t affect you any differently than any other hobby or leisure activity. Were kids addicted to playing outside before video games? No, that’s just what kids do. I’m so tired of people making stuff up just to get their desired result, it’s sickening and unethical.

Profchaos104d ago

I would say it's probably one of my worst habits only because it cuts into my sleep so much but we all know that

Petebloodyonion104d ago

Unfortunately, it can be a disease and disorder.
The important aspect to understand here is the chemical change in the brain that will put your gaming need in front of all others activities.
That person does not function normally like a person suffering from depression, anxiety, etc..
A mental sickness, unlike a physical illness, does not come from a bacteria, virus or such.

What's important here isn't the fact that it's gaming but more the fact that this hobby, like many others, can create dependency and can cause serious problems in a personal life.

Perhaps, this will developers take notice and build a game with this in mind instead of trying to create more needs to stay in the game.

stokedAF104d ago

That is their job though, to keep people in their game. Why would they try to do the opposite? That makes no sense.

Is Facebook addiction considered a disease? How about make-up? How about clothes and shoes? How about sports and Netflix? Because that addiction makes video games look pale in comparison. Demonizing an infant platform is nothing more than a bully tactic joining the hate parade.

Petebloodyonion104d ago

Well for your information, cyberaddiction is considered a disease
http://www.addictionrecov.o...

The point here isn't about demonizing video games but trying to make some adjustment to this reality.
Now here's a difference between a production on Netflix and video games, the producers of a movie aren't trying to make you watch the movie several times, unlike some games that are built around making sure you stay connected as long as possible.
Proof? just look at game like COD
you get a daily reward for logging in and it's getting better with consecutive days, getting XP in each match so you can have better gears against an opponent, leveling up just by being connected to headquarters, double XP event, etc.
And guess what? some ppl are, already clocking, some 800 hours and plus of game time in the latest COD.

stokedAF104d ago (Edited 104d ago )

Of course it is lol.

Well they want you to keep watching the shows yes? That’s what keeps shows in production. If you stop watching the show every week then they stop making it. Of course producers want you to buy their movie and watch it more than once. It is absolutely designed that way.

So they log in everyday for a consecutive login bonus... Call The World Health Organization? How do you know that “some people with 800 hours” had a life before call of duty? Does this conclusion come from a study of such things as these bonuses and progression systems? A real scientific study or is it psycho babble? I like to see proof of these practices being the cause of lazy just like violence in games causing violence in reality.

I guess I have more faith in people to believe that call of duty would stop you from paying your bills, holding a relationship or any other daily survival task. If it takes over your free time then it’s a good thing, it’s a good game and should be celebrated. If video games have ruined your life then I think you have bigger problems than addiction. This stuff isn’t heroin, you’re not going to die from withdrawals. Its not a disease, fix your life stupid. If she can’t deal with you playing games every once in awhile then she’s probably just a b**ch but you have to pay your bills on time lol.

Petebloodyonion103d ago

"Does this conclusion come from a study of such things as these bonuses and progression systems? A real scientific study or is it psycho babble? I like to see proof of these practices being the cause of lazy just like violence in games causing violence in reality"

Honestly?
I'm sure that if there were even 1000000000000000 studies and proof you would still deny the subject like some are denying global warming.
Heck just 2 days ago the main Story on N4G was about EA trying to change the fair play system for online gaming. EA was pleased that the dynamic system brought a 9% increase in players engagement.
http://www.dsogaming.com/ne...

"fix your life stupid. If she can’t deal with you playing games every once in awhile then she’s probably just a b**ch but you have to pay your bills on time lol."
Glad to know that you're the man and that you're in charge :)

But what about kids?
I guess it will be the parent's fault?
- Lack of social skills
- Isolation
- Lacking in school and others area
- Or any symptoms described here
https://www.psychguides.com...
http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/...

(and by the way, in these links are studies and facts about gaming disorder).

Cobra951104d ago

From personal experience, I agree. The one good thing about this dependency is that it won't kill you itself, like drugs or alcohol would. But it can ruin your life to the point where it will take a toll on your health.

On the other hand, game developers are not to blame if their creations get abused by the weaker among us. We are wholly responsible for our own actions.

Petebloodyonion104d ago

"On the other hand, game developers are not to blame if their creations get abused by the weaker among us. We are wholly responsible for our own actions"

I agree but let me play devil's advocate.

We know that smoking is bad for your health and that tobacco companies made cigarette even more addictives. Now there are several regulations in different countries preventing these behaviors from these companies.
https://www.tobaccofreekids...

So! What's the difference between cigarette companies making their product more addictive and an EA who's trying to maximise your stay time in a game?
http://www.dsogaming.com/ne...

Cobra951103d ago

"We know that smoking is bad for your health and that tobacco companies made cigarette even more addictives. [Etc.]"

That certainly would be the argument for a devil's advocate. The counterargument would be that cigarettes and videogames are in no way alike. Cigarettes will kill you in and of themselves. Even if longterm smokers dodge the cancer risk, they will likely suffer from emphysema (or is it COPD these days?) later in life, and die prematurely when the condition becomes severe enough. Moreover, cigarette smoke permeates the air that everyone breathes, and puts even nonsmokers' health at risk.

Games are meant as entertainment, and categorizing them as addictive substances would be a very tough or impossible sell. I'm with you on the indictment of EA's practices. But stopping those doesn't require the entire gaming industry to be regulated like a controlled substance.

Petebloodyonion103d ago

I agree with you and that is why I hope that devs do take this factor into account when making a game to prevent some regulation from the government that has no knowledge of the gaming industry and still see the media as some kid thing.

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