The World Health Organization (WHO) is reportedly adding "gaming disorder" in the initial draft of the agency's 11th International Classification of Diseases.
Gaming disorder is defined as "a pattern of gaming behavior ('digital-gaming' or 'video-gaming') characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences."
The damaging effects "in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning" would have to be evident for at least a year before diagnosis.
The Entertainment Software Association has already responded to the WHO's proposed classification, saying "common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive." The group is also pushing for the reversal of the move, which according to them "recklessly trivializes real mental health issues."
Of course, gamers and non-gamers online, particularly on Twitterverse, have a lot to say about the touchy subject:
Walang basagan ng trip
It's Kim Jong-un's fault
Single people just can't catch a break
Do not disturb
Wonder how that turned out
Also, sharing fake news
Paging TNC Pro Team
Too much selfies is a problem
Good luck with the operation