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Today, the World Health Organization added “gaming disorder” to its classification of diseases. It’s apparently recognized by an impaired control over gaming, an allegedly addictive behavior. Psychologists have led a backlash against the classification, arguing that it could stigmatize gamers based on controversial studies.

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Roland Tembo

“Gaming Disorder” is a bad name, but I’m worried about the defensiveness I’m seeing about this on gaming sites. Video games have a weird mix of dopamine, classical conditioning, stress and stimulus overload that you don’t really encounter elsewhere, it is very relevant to know if that is uniquely unhealthy or if it’s just on the same continuum of compulsive behavior as other hobbies that inspire compulsion in some people