The World Health Organization recently classified gaming addiction as a disorder. (Photo: Getty Images)
While many of us were setting up the new computers, phones, and consoles we received over the holidays, world health experts released news that may make some think twice about video games. The World Health Organization released a draft of its 2018 edition of the International Classification of Diseases, which added “gaming disorder” to the list of disorders due to addictive behaviors. It states that the disorder is behavior that includes impaired control of use, prioritizing gaming over other interests and activities, and continued use despite severe negative consequences for a period of at least 12 months (or shorter for more extreme cases).