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WHO considers ‘gaming disorder’ an addictive disease


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has included the term ‘gaming disorder’ in the most recent edition of the International Classification of Diseases which identifies worldwide health trends and statistics about injuries, diseases and causes of death.

‘Gaming disorder’ is described by WHO as a pattern of persistent digital or video gaming behaviour which ‘takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities’. The organisation has included ‘gaming disorder’ under addictive disorders.

For advice on how to support a balanced approach towards children and teenagers’ screen time, read our Top tips: screen time and digital play.

We have also produced an information sheet: Play and digital technology, which takes a critical look at children and young people’s use of digital technology and examines how they use this technology when playing. 

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