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Is Video Game Addiction a real thing? The World Health Organization says so.,

This subject has been a hot topic among all kids, adults and parents. We have all been addicted to something in our lives at some point. Maybe we are still addicted to these vices in our daily routines.

I was driving into the office this morning and heard a podcast about Game Addiction, or according to the World Health Organization (WHO), Gaming Disorder. Now the choice of the word disorder is a bit light handed in my opinion. Possibly due to the fact this was a recently coined term by the WHO and more research is required before any kind of addiction label can be applied. The following (source) podcast is worth a listen (47-Minutes).

Source: http://www.wutc.org/post/video-game-addiction-thing
WHO Gaming Disorder Source: http://www.who.int/features/qa/gaming-disorder/en/

Now the following below is my opinion on the subject. I am a 34 year old male in the US who operates a Computer Repair Shop and Sales Store in Las Vegas called The Tech Monkey. I have been involved in PCs since the early 90s. I know a lot about nearly every facet of the PC Tech World from a consumer stand point. Im not an expert at any given field, but I have enough knowledge to debate most topics in depth.

As kids we LOVED candy and soda. As adults we found Coffee, Alcohol, Cigarettes, even Religion. Anything we enjoy for fun is socially acceptable in most cases. It is when we use these objects (real or virtual) to cope that it can become a gray area, border-lining of the bad kind of addiction. If I play a few rounds of League of Legends every night to relax, this could be the same as having a beer. Now start mixing in Alcohol, Recreational Drug Use and Video Gaming along with junk food or binge eating and you can begin to see a problem.

The biggest debating factor I see for the future in classifying and treating Video Game Addiction is being able to identify non-destructive casual gaming VS long video game session to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. We can all agree Video Games work directly on a reward system. Accomplishing a task and being rewarded is the most basic way to allow us to feel better due to dopamine and the Instant Gratification era we are in. This debate could go on for hours. Here's hoping we can help treat Gaming Disorder as a mental health problem in the future as we can all benefit more from understanding mental symptoms such as this.