The World Health Organization has included a dependence on video games in the list of diseases and disorders, reports CNN. Dependence was officially named in the new edition of the International Classification of Diseases – “gaming disorder” (gaming disorder). The classifier is used in its work by doctors, scientists and insurance companies.
The new disorder can be diagnosed by three main characteristics. Gaming activities take precedence over all other human activities. A person, even knowing about the negative consequences of dependence, continues to abuse video games. And the disorder leads to considerable distress, devaluation in personal, family, social, educational or professional functioning. Negative consequences should last at least a year.
“Millions of gamers around the world, even when they are playing intensely, will never be qualified as people suffering from a game disorder, ” said WHO spokesman Dr. Vladimir Poznyak.