Are you addicted to video games like Fortnite or PUBG? If your answer is ‘Yes’, then your addiction is an official illness. On Saturday, the World Health Organization embraced the latest update to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which regarded ‘gaming disorder’ to its list of modern diseases.
Last June, the organization included gaming addiction under its section of likely harmful technology-related behaviors, which includes too much use of “the internet, computers, smartphones” and others.
Regardless of the opposition from trade groups, which allegedly pointed to contrary research on the subject and praised some of the virtues of video games. The latest ICD was officially accepted at the 72nd World Health Assembly.
“Gaming disorder” lives under the “disorders due to addictive behavior” section of the ICD. It’s stated as a kind of continuing or recurrent gaming behavior, which may be online or offline, displayed by impaired control over gaming, growing priority given to gaming to the degree that gaming takes priority over other life interests and daily actions and continuation or escalation of gaming regardless the occurrence of negative consequences.
The issue of gaming addiction isn’t a new thing. The American Psychiatric Association still has gaming listed as up for discussion in the latest version of its diagnostic bible, the DSM-5. The American Medical Association backed away from “video game addiction” in 2007.