ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) The World Health Organization says too much video gaming may be an addiction disorder.
In its International Classification of Diseases set to be released later this year, "gaming disorder" will be added.
"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," according to a document on the WHO website.
Some gamers Channel 2 spoke with say while there are cases of games becoming addictive, it's not such a clear cut disorder."It's not like a drug addiction where you're putting a chemical into your body where you're getting a fix and a high off of, it's more self induced," Paul Carlton said.
Allen Rylander said he only plays games a few hours each week, but enjoy the social part of connecting with other gamers online. Rylander, a father to a 9-year-old girl said he thinks gaming needs to be balanced with parental controls, "if you're going to let your kids get that addicted to it, you're not having them go out, you're not doing enough interaction with your child to have them do other things besides just sit there and play video games."
The organization says symptoms should be present for at least a year,"studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities."