The World Health Organization on Monday officially recognized “gaming disorder” as a condition in its International Classification of Diseases, saying that it is possible to be addicted to video games.Simply playing a lot of video games does not automatically mean that someone has a problem.
The hallmark of the disorder is that playing games overtakes other desires, and that it continues or escalates despite negative consequences. A diagnosis would have to include evidence of this type of behavior lasting for more than 12 months, the organization said.
The disorder affects no more than 3 percent of gamers, according to the WHO and other experts, the Associated Press reported, with some estimates as low as 1 percent. More than 2 billion people worldwide regularly play video games.
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