Fortnite Addiction, JUST ANOTHER ADDICTION.
ACCORDING TO THE World Health Organization (WHO),
video gaming addiction is now a diagnosable mental health condition.
Some of the symptoms include a lack of control over gaming frequency and duration, as well as increasing priorities to gaming over other activities and ignoring the negative side effects of gaming sessions.
The organization interestingly lists online and offline gaming as separate disorders, demonstrating an understanding of the different social (or anti-social) aspects of each.
Dr. Vladimir Poznyak from the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse states that patients would have to exhibit negative impacts like
“disturbed sleep patterns, diet problems [and] a deficiency in … physical activity”
for at least a year before a diagnosis would be made.
(Although, we doubt it would take that long for some people we know…!)
the medical world isn’t completely on board with this decision yet, with some health professionals citing the benefits of gaming in combatting depression and anxiety, as well as highlighting the beneficial social experiences gamers can experience online.