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Are the World Health Organization wrong for stating Video Gaming is an disorder?

Asked by: Melraik
  • In my eyes I feel like they're wrong.

    How can it be a disorder at all when people got better skills from doing this sort of activity at all..

    What if gamers actually made the world better because of the stuff they learnt from this, how does it feel to be called mentally unstable?
    Just what do they even know...

  • It may attract individuals with disorders. But hay the governing rule has the greatest disorder to begin with.

    Hypocritical hypocrisy upon the united nations tack the World Health Organization. Where else can we put all of these individuals with obsessive narcissistic sociopaths with a sprinkle of psychopaths on top in the business sector how about the army or where else better the the governing rule to make more materialistic self absorbed self centered loving children that we create with throwing more and more possessions that they throw a temper tantrum about not having it there own way.

    You can't blame video gaming for the failing of the human race.

  • Why is having a hobby a mental disorder?

    I don't believe that gaming disorder should exist due to the fact that it is a hobby, and technically a "sport" (Esports etc). The only time gaming can be a disorder is when it takes away the wonders of life and relationships, but I think that everyone should stop overreacting, gaming isn't as bad as all the old farts think. It can actually help

  • Definitely strongly disagree

    What's next ? Classifying musicians with singing disorder ? Classifying pupils with studying disorder ? Classifying artists with imaginative disorder ?

    Having a go at hobbies would definitely not end well, and this is no exception. Sure, maybe gaming is not as useful as other hobbies, but IT STILL IS WHAT IT IS : A HOBBY
    And under no circumstances should something like that be considered a disease, which under circumstances of law or such, you might be offered 'treatment' for.

  • I have a big feeling they're wrong.

    People get better at hand-eye coordination while playing video games. They also increase stamina, and a lot of life lessons. The only downside is it can take up a lot of time. A disorder is something you can't help, like depression, autism, and a lot more. I would continue, but it would be a long list. Like I said before, a disorder is something you can't help. Video games, you can control.

  • There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said...

    Gaming stops you from doing things, but only when done excessively. What good in real life is the skill of using a controller or a mouse to shoot people? I have friends who over ten thousand hours on their games combined, and they are not doing as well in school as people who do not play video games.

  • WHO never made video gaming a disorder.

    First of all, what they made a disorder is doing too much playing of video games. Some people definitely end up where they will play games for such a degree that it's certain that they can't control their actions and their lives end up effected. So under that understanding and as a gamer myself I have to say it is very right that they made it a disorder.

  • Video gaming was never made a disorder.

    First of all, they never stated that video gaming is a disorder. It is excessive amounts of playing when it effects that person's life that they are making a disorder. Under that understanding anybody should accept that some people do play video games to a degree that very reasonably causes issues because they stop doing the kinds of things a responsible person needs to do to be healthy.

  • ALL OF YOU ARE WRONG FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION NEVER SAID THAT GAMING IS A DISORDER. Get Your Facts Straight Everyone.

    TL;DR: Gaming Disorder is when gaming takes precedence over everything else in your life, to the point it becomes compulsive and harmful to yourself and potentially others, for over a year.

    If you play video games as an average person does and it doesn’t negatively impact your life, the WHO does not classify you as having gaming disorder.

    Gaming disorder is defined in the draft 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

    For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other critical areas of functioning and would typically have been evident for at least 12 months.

    For more information about what Gaming Disorder is and why it was added to the International Classification of Diseases 11, visit the World Health Organization’s official page at
    www.Who.Int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/

  • All of you motherfuckers are wrong for one reason. The world health organization never said that video gaming is a disorder.

    TL;DR: Gaming Disorder is when gaming takes precedence over everything else in your life, to the point it becomes compulsive and harmful to yourself and potentially others, for over a year.

    If you play video games as an average person does and it doesn’t negatively impact your life, the WHO does not classify you as having gaming disorder.

    Gaming disorder is defined in the draft 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

    For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other critical areas of functioning and would typically have been evident for at least 12 months.

    For more information about what Gaming Disorder is and why it was added to the International Classification of Diseases 11, visit the World Health Organization’s official page at
    www.Who.Int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/

  • This is wrong.

    WHO never said that video gaming is a disorder. They have recognized that being addicted to video gaming which makes it difficult to hold jobs, have healthy relationships. Video gaming addiction is deviant, disruptive, and dangerous to yourself. It also leads to a sedentary lifestyle which is not a positive trait. As someone who likes video games, video gaming addiction is different from video gaming.

  • Playing video games doesn't automatically mean you have a disorder.

    For the majority of gamers, They do not have a gaming disorder. However, There has been in increase of gamers who have developed such an addiction to the point where organisations like WHO who believe it is becoming an issue. According the the University of New Mexico, Out of every gamer, There are around 6 to 15 percent who show traits of being super addictive to video games. For these people, Playing video games is like a drug to them.
    In saying that, It's just like with any addiction though. There are alcoholics but not everyone who drinks alcohol is. Just like with video games. The WHO organisation is not stating that everyone who plays video games is an addict. It's just that there are some people who have been playing too many video games that it has destroyed their lives.


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