ESA Want WHO to Rethink Their Verdict on Gaming Addiction Classified as a Mental Disorder

The World Health Organization (WHO) had a quite interesting thought that the gaming addiction can classify as a mental disorder. However, having the gaming controller in your hands for five hours is worrying and WHO suggests reviewing your life choices.

We suppose we are not the only ones who got quite angry with this decision, saying that gaming addiction is a mental disorder, meanwhile other addictions to technology are not classified as mental disorders. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the company which represents video game publishers, pleaded on this subject, advising for WHO to rethink their verdict on addiction to the video games is a mental disorder:

Just like avid sports fans and consumers of all forms of engaging entertainment, gamers are passionate and dedicated to their time. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games. The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive. And, putting that official label on them recklessly trivializes real mental health issues like depression and social anxiety disorder, which deserve treatment and the full attention of the medical community. We strongly encourage the World Health Organization to reverse direction on its proposed action.“

It is a possibility WHO to retract this decision, only because the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has not received an addendum which states that the addiction is a mental disorder. But sadly, this does not mean that the ESA complaint will be taken into consideration.

What does this mean? Should video game addiction be classified as a mental disorder?

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.

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