WHO Declares Excessive Gaming as a Disease in ICD
There is a big question to all the gamers out there, could playing video game lead to any kind of health disorder? Well, soon it is going to be as WHO (World Health Organization) is going to declaring excessive gaming a disorder in 2018.
Yes, too much gaming will soon be made a disease in the Classification of Diseases manual, which is published by none other than WHO. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a professional manual which is referred by health professionals all over the world for defining the standard definitions of different types of health conditions. However, it has been long since the manual was updated with new diseases, to be precise, it was last updated in the year 1990, 27 years from now.
The next, as well as the eleventh edition of the Diagnostic manual, will be released next year in 2018, and along with many disorders and health issues, gaming disorder will also have a mention as a serious health condition that should be monitored.
This is definitely new for most of us as we have never even thought excessive gaming and overnight extended gaming sessions as a dangerous health condition. The exact working of gaming disorder is still not revealed. But if we believe the reports from New Scientists, there is a draft that tells us the symptoms and other criteria to decide whether a person is suffering from gaming disorder or not.
The draft says that gaming can start as a hobby, but too much of it makes it a lot more than that for the players. It becomes really dangerous when people are not able to control themselves to decide how often they start playing and start ignoring other important things like sleep, food and other oral hygiene for it. It also said that sometime for some people gaming and games take over their personal life and gets into the way creating problem or distractions in their day to day activities. It seems that people who are addicted to playing video games can’t hold themselves and nothing can stop them from playing, even if they are fired from their jobs for skipping too many work days.
The WHO draft says, “The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. The pattern of gaming behaviour may be continuous or episodic and recurrent.”
The gamers are always going to defend themselves saying that it's not that serious as it looks. But spending 12-18 hours in front of the TV screen is definitely going to harm your body as well as your mind. You might not believe us but in 2015, a man in Taiwan was dead due to cardiac arrest after playing a video game for three consecutive days, exhaustion being the main reason behind it. But that does not make video games wrong. They are still the best stress busters, great entertainment, and fun.