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Game addiction officially recognised as a disease

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haxxiy said:
PortisheadBiscuit said:
Everyone is diseased then, everyone has a vice in life. It's human nature

It's not about vices. A lot of people make that mistake when it comes to psychiatric conditions and thus we have people out there claiming they have ADHD, OCD etc. without ever being diagnosed and having no idea, really, what they're talking about.

To be diagnosed with such a disorder, the addiction, obsession etc. has to actively hinder your daily life to the point you, or at least the people around you, can clearly notice. It needs to get to the point where you're physically, socially and mentally harming yourself because of your condition (insomnia, losing jobs / falling grades, repetitive strain injuries etc.).

The WHO is not doing this to tag the average dedicated gamer as behaviorally ill.

ok



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Then, i guess hobby is generally a disease?



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KLXVER said:

Sounds weird. I mean is watching too much TV or reading too many books a disease as well then...?

Traditional television and books don't appear to have the same addictive quality as many modern inventions.  Even old-school games don't.

Unfortunately, as psychology and technology have progressed, companies have learned better and more efficient tricks to keep people engaged in their product.  Hence, YouTube is substantially more addictive than television ever was back in the old days.  People might have been up to watch M*A*S*H back in the day, but they couldn't generally binge on it without purchasing expensive VHS sets.  A program had to be watched at a specific time, usually later in the evening after people have put in a full, productive day at work.  Today, content in always available, there's always new content, and there's a program that directs you to the next thing you might be interested in.

Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 25 May 2019

Oh no guys, I have a disease now.

Well, at least I can use the fact to take sick leave from school and get a pension from the government, right? RIGHT?



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nvm



sethnintendo said:
smroadkill15 said:

It's called sexual addiction. Masturbation, cybersex, having multiple sexual partners, etc. are all labelled under it. 

Tiger Woods disease

I think that should be the official name. They use sports names for penalties and such so why not diseases? 



sethnintendo said:

Was just trying to have a little fun but yea those types of addictions shouldn't allow disability.  It might open up the video game addiction treatment centers for HSA money.  I know you can use HSA for drug rehab.

You didn't seem serious about it, but I've already seen several people say this already. I'm sure you're aware of how easily people are convinced on the interwebz. That's true about HSA. We'll see how far this goes. 



smroadkill15 said:
sethnintendo said:

Was just trying to have a little fun but yea those types of addictions shouldn't allow disability.  It might open up the video game addiction treatment centers for HSA money.  I know you can use HSA for drug rehab.

You didn't seem serious about it, but I've already seen several people say this already. I'm sure you're aware of how easily people are convinced on the interwebz. That's true about HSA. We'll see how far this goes. 

It doesn't really have any farther to go.

It's been acknowledged and will be treated as addictions generally are.



NightlyPoe said:
smroadkill15 said:

You didn't seem serious about it, but I've already seen several people say this already. I'm sure you're aware of how easily people are convinced on the interwebz. That's true about HSA. We'll see how far this goes. 

It doesn't really have any farther to go.

It's been acknowledged and will be treated as addictions generally are.

It likely won't. This will be treated similarly to gambling.