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WHO Classifies Gaming Addiction as a Psychological Disorder

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For the people suffering from it, Fiction.
I prefer the term narcissism.

I also don't think it's fair to call it a psychological disorder associated with gaming. People have a kind of psychological disorder, but gaming is probably their outlet. The people who kill/harm others over gaming related subjects have a fundamental mental issue, but games are not the cause, merely the chosen object that they pour themselves into. It's got very little different to those people that feel the need to brush their teeth til they bleed and feel astronomically uncomfortable when something prevents them from doing it.

Source - I studied Psychology for four years.
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It's funny how gaming 10 hours a day, every day is a mental disorder, but 10 hours of football a day, every day means dedication. I have a word for that and it's called hypocrisy.
There's not much hypocrisy if you consider on interacts with people, the other does not. One burns calories, the other does not.

Thing about disorders is, several of them have to negatively impact your life to be diagnosed. There are things in the DSM that several here would not consider disorderworthy at all: the key is context.

Source: I suffer from one such disorder. Fortunately in my case it has been deemed non-harmful.
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Another Mental Disorder.


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Let's not shrink that to Facebook alone just because it's the most prominent form of it. What you're looking for is social media addiction and you can include all platforms and/ore media that falls into that category. It's a type of attention whoring, and combined with a smartphone with internet it's just an allways attached drugpump. Whenever your phone dings to a message, you are rewarded with a small dose of dopamine which is basically the essence of all non-chemical addiction like gambling and such. Having your the attention towards you falling, getting less dopamine makes you feel like withdrawal. You'll do anything to avoid it. Making you and more likely children very vulnerable for others to exploit.

It also dangerous because longtime exposure will damage your self-valuation. You will start to measure yourself and others in likes and shares while demolishing your private life either through publication or alteration to publicly better recievable.
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S'cuse me, but gaming has taught me some very important life lessons, like never drive over a banana skin that’s been dropped in the middle of the road.


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It's funny how gaming 10 hours a day, every day is a mental disorder, but 10 hours of football a day, every day means dedication. I have a word for that and it's called hypocrisy. This random clueless pissing on gaming is why gamers are defending gaming so furiously.

The reason why I prefer gaming above any other entertainment is because it's unique every time, it doesn't get repeatable and you actively participate in it as anything you want to be. What else is ever so unique? Not sports, not TV series or movies, even social games only tick few of those.
10 hours a day would be an NCAA violation ... I played football, my son played HS baseball and in peak season, never broke 12-15 hours in a week ... as far as watching football, I call myself an avid enthusiast and I'll usually have the game on 2nd screen while watching at max, an SEC double header.

The problem with digital interaction is it's is far from real. I often refer to AoL's move to unlimited internet / and "handles" as the end of modern civilizations. That day marked the day of the online asshat, where people could mouth off with no filter and no responsibility. I remember the time well .. till then Compuserve was the major online conduit for forums and discussions I staffed some of the TimeWarner Forum, PC Building forums / DOS / Windows and Utility Forums and when someone "registered" they were vetted, name and address confirmed. Any instance of flaming, profanity was met with 'elfing" (reference to the L key which when added to your online account locked you out.