The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental illness.
Bad news for those of you who prioritise a ‘cheeky’ game of FIFA over socialising with friends and family, as you may be heading down a slippery road in the form of addiction.
The WHO said video game addiction is notable with the, “continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”
They pointed out that it is a very small proportion of gamers who suffer from addiction, and that any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning is a fair warning sign.
The BBC recently covered the news, putting together a video where they speak to a group of young gamers who spend roughly 20 hours a week playing games.
Fortnite, Minecraft and FIFA were cited as the most popular titles.
Critics were quick to point out there was no mention of the children’s mental or physical health having been affected, nor their grades at school.
Another consideration is that the average person in the UK watches 28 hours of television a week – substantially more than the 20 hours gaming.
So, if you are playing about 3 hours of FIFA a day, I wouldn’t be too concerned right now… just make sure to remember to eat.