Could Compulsive Video Game Playing Be a Mental Health Problem?

Could Compulsive Video Game Playing Be a Mental Health Problem?

GENEVA — Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition. The statement confirmed the fears of some parents but led critics to warn that it may risk stigmatizing too many young video players. WHO said classifying "gaming disorder" as a separate addiction will help governments, families and...

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