Asian Countries Pushing For Video Game Addiction To Be Labeled A Disease, States Report
Video Game Addiction Disease
(Last Updated On: March 13, 2017)

There’s been a push by certain scholars and those within the medical field to add video game addiction to the list of diseases in the ICD-11 categorization. The proposal would make video game addiction an internationally classified disease recognized by the World Health Organization. In a recent report, it was stated that this was actually being pursued and lobbied for by politicians in Asian countries.

According to US News, they reported that the ICD-11 proposal and one of its factors in getting game addiction labeled as a disease was in result of political pressure. Christopher J. Ferguson writes…

“Moral panics can put political pressure on scientific bodies to rush to rash claims despite a lack of solid evidence. For instance, in conversations with one administrator at the World Health Organization, who is considering including potential video game addiction diagnoses in their International Compendium of Diseases, he acknowledged that political pressure, from Asian countries in particular, was one factor.“

The proposal is not being pushed through without resistance, however.

26 scientific and medical scholars have written to the World Health Organization offering rebuttals, stating that the data attempting to classify video game addiction as a disease is flimsy and inconclusive at best.

The open letter from the scholars, which is available over on Research Gate, states…

“The empirical basis for a Gaming Disorder proposal, such as in the new ICD-11, suffers from fundamental issues. Our main concerns are the low quality of the research base, the fact that the current operationalization leans too heavily on substance use and gambling criteria, and the lack of consensus on symptomatology and assessment of problematic gaming.”

The US News opinion piece also sides with the stance that there isn’t enough conclusive data to label video games as an international addiction. However, as it was previously reported in regards to countries like South Korea and their stance on gaming, they’ve already labeled video games as one of the four evils plaguing the country. So it’s not surprising to learn that certain countries in the Asian region would want to further stigmatize gaming by labeling hardcore gaming habits as an international disease.

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  • Alistair

    the question for WHO to answer is this.

    do them want to follow a policy to add video games as a disorder that in South Korea there are special camps.

    and a 18/19 girl been beaten to death, a 14 year old boy got spike iron.

    So do WHO Want to be know for a policy that has taken to a extreme level elsewhere.

    Edit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BlFyq589Xb4

  • Alistair

    the question for WHO to answer is this.

    do them want to follow a policy to add video games as a disorder that in South Korea there are special camps.

    and a 18/19 girl been beaten to death, a 14 year old boy got spike iron.

    So do WHO Want to be know for a policy that has taken to a extreme level elsewhere.

    Edit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BlFyq589Xb4

  • Oh wow. Another hobby/pastime that mainly boys/men enjoy getting attacked. Just what would we do without these moral do-gooders telling us what is acceptable and what isn’t?

  • Phasmatis75

    Someone needs to explain to these retards the difference between addiction and habitual tendencies. There is a huge difference and gaming cannot be addictive.

  • Alistair

    Cant climb trees, it may kill you.

    Reading and watching porn will make you go blind so banned that too.

    Listen to loud music can cause deaf so banned that.

    WHO talking out of their fucking arse banned them for talking bullshit.

  • Disqusted

    Wake me when SJW mentality is diagnosed as a disorder, as it should be.

    • Alistair

      Yes thinking fictional characters a issue is a mental disorder and WHO Should consider that.

    • Bitterbear

      It’s was diagnosed as Hysteria and doctors used to administer a generous use of buzzing dildos until the patient down.

  • FlamingoJet

    Disorder maybe, not a disease.

    Diseases are cured with medicines.

    • Diseases are cured with medicines.

      All the more reason why big pharma would love for gaming addiction to be labeled as a disease.

  • SevTheBear

    Video games is a BIG hobby and trend now (no one would have believed that 20 years ago). Of course some will be addicted to it like crazy in the same way people can get with anything else. What South Korea might wanna look more into is their social structure. Banning video games wouldn’t even help, it would just be sold on the black market instead.

  • Олександр Баб`як

    If we gonna call hardcore gaming a disease because too much of it hurts you we should also call such sports (too much of it cripples you), reading (too much of it blinds you) and life (eventually it kills you no matter what).

    • SevTheBear

      And coffee for a drug problem since people drink it every day

    • Reading blinds you?

      • dsadsada

        Not letting your eyes rest will cause problems for you in the future. Probably not blindness but even if you have 20/20 vision now, you’ll probably end up needing glasses later in your life.

        The pattern here of course is that too much of something is bad for you. Clearly not just video games.

  • giygas

    lol Chinese medicine.

  • Smug

    Considering how it’s pretty easy to decide what is a disease/a mental defect or not, this shit isnt surprising

    I’d also rather be addicted to video games, than smoking and drinking for instance. Less negative side-effects in the long run.