Video games are loved by many – according to the Entertainment Software Association’s report, $24.5 billion was spent on video games in the United States in 2016. Thirty-six-year-old males constituted for 63% of who bought video games, and 74% of those purchases were digital, rather than going into a store and buying the physical copy of the game. These numbers indicate a major threshold for not only game playing, but also addiction.
The World Health Organization has added a mental disorder to the official list of conditions: gaming disorder. According to the U.S. Daily News, their draft for the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases describes gaming disorder as,
“A pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior which may be online or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (ex. Frequency, duration, intensity, termination, context, etc.), 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities, and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
Treatment for gaming disorder likely includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of treatment that helps a person develop more productive ways of thinking and acting. CBT also helps people with obsessive thought patterns, something that is likely to be shown in gaming disorder. However, gaming disorder can only be diagnosed by a licensed physician. Once you have received a proper diagnosis, you can seek treatment to develop the tools needed to gain back control over your life.
Just as with other conditions, it is only deemed a condition if it begins interfering with daily life activities such as with work, home, social events and more. There are many people who play video games, and this does not impact their lives in a significant way. Forbes Magazine further states that video games can improve hand-eye coordination, enhance problem solving abilities, relieve stress, connect to people, and live out fantasies. While there are some benefits that can be gained from video game play, too much playing can interfere with responsibilities, transforming into a mental condition.
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