Playing video games is considered fun for adults and children alike. Nowadays a large number of people play online or offline video games and is part of peoples daily routines. But when can video gaming be considered an actual problem?
The World Health Organization added Gaming Disorder to its International Classification of Diseases in 2018. The American Psychiatric Association also has guidance on when gaming can be considered problematic.
Some of the symptoms that can be associated with gaming disorder are:
- Thinking about gaming all or a lot of the time
- Feeling bad when you can’t play
- Needing to spend more and more time playing to feel good
- Not being able to quit or even play less
- Not wanting to do other things that you used to like
- Having problems at work, school, or home because of your gaming
- Playing despite these problems
- Lying to people close to you about how much time you spend playing
- Using gaming to ease bad moods
We should set a fixed time for gaming and try not to spend too much time gaming since apart from this disorder, it can take a toll on the body due to long stretches of inactivity. Seek counselling if you have difficulty reducing your gaming time.