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“Gaming disorder” to be classified as a disease by WHO

Published: 25/May/2019 18:57 Updated: 25/May/2019 19:08

by Virginia Glaze


The World Health Organization caused a stir across the gaming community in summer 2018, after introducing a clause in their diagnostic handbook that would classify “gaming disorder” as a legitimate mental health affliction – a clause that has since passed in the 11th edition of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.

To be officially diagnosed with “gaming disorder,” a patient must exhibit three symptoms: 

  • an inability to control gaming behavior (whether it be the duration, intensity, or frequency of play time, etc.)
  • placing an “increased priority” on gaming that takes precedence over other activities in life
  • an increased escalation of gaming despite negative consequences

The WHO state that, to be diagnosed with the disorder, “The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent,” and requires a 12 month period to assign an official diagnosis – that is, unless symptoms are “severe” enough to warrant a more prompt classification.

Despite the WHO’s controversial new addition, many gaming organizations and even psychologists are wary of the “disorder,” with mental health experts sounding off their concerns as early as last year, when the concept was initially introduced.

FreepikThe WHO has officially declared “gaming disorder” a disease, which is now included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.

“You could easily take out the word ‘gaming’ and put in ‘sex’ or ‘food’ or ‘watching the World Cup,’” Oxford psychologist Andrew Przybylski said of the matter, arguing that the WHO’s “new” classification isn’t even about games, in particular – a fact that he feared could “lead to a kind of pathologization of every aspect of life.”

FreepikSince the WHO’s 2019 ruling, gaming enthusiasts and personalities have been decrying the decision across social media, with many finding the decision unfathomable.

Following the WHO’s latest ruling, gaming enthusiasts have been sounding off across the internet, with such personalities like esports analyst Rod Breslau, caster and content creator Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and more decrying the decision via social media.

“I’m collecting disability,” Breslau jokingly Tweeted of the matter.

“Does that mean I can get a placard to park in the handicapped spots?” content creator ‘Anne Munition’ wrote. “Or start collecting disability checks? (I would never actually do this but honestly, ‘video game disorder?’)”

While the WHO has made a new place for “gaming disorder” in its ranks, the condition doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2022 – leaving gamers with a little under three years before parents can take their “gaming addicted” children to psychologists for an official diagnosis of the disorder.


Mike Majlak reveals why he’s broken up with Lana Rhoades

Published: 31/Oct/2020 5:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades have been the sweethearts of the internet world for quite some time, but their relationship is officially over, with Mike Majlak breaking the news on YouTube.

Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades have been in a relationship together for ten months. It’s been a widely publicized roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs. However, it was one that many mutual fans loved to see.

It was also the only relationship Mike Majlak has been involved in throughout the past decade. But sadly, not all relationships can stand the test of time, and the two of them have officially parted ways.

Mike Majlak broke the news in a YouTube video. “Never thought id ever put out a breakup video but this one was necessary,” he said. “I wanted the story told my way before others could tarnish what was an incredible relationship and part of my journey.”

In the video, Mike Majlak explains that he felt like the fans deserved an explanation since the breakup happened out of the blue. “There’s no one specific reason [for the breakup],” he said. “It wasn’t a loyalty thing.”

“The best thing about Amara [which is her real name] is that she’s so fiercely loyal,” he added. “I never once had to worry about her cheating [or] talking to any other guys. It was never about other guys.”

His comment immediately shuts down rumors and accusations that she cheated on him. It’s often the first thing people suspect when there’s a sudden breakup.

Instead, he claimed they were simply “two people who wanted vastly different things.”

Mike Majlak Lana Rhoades Breakup
Mike Majlak / Lana Rhoades
Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades always looked madly in love.

“Amara was… obsessed with the idea of linear and traditional life and love,” he said. “She wanted to meet a guy, she wanted to settle down, she wanted to have a family and just live this kind of linear life.”

“That’s just not who I am,” he said. He also claimed she was “trying to facilitate the vision that she saw for the relationship, which was getting a house and moving in with her.”

However, while it made “made complete sense to her,” it didn’t to him, and it didn’t feel right to go ahead with it. 

In the end, there were too many signs that they wanted “two vastly different things in life” and “weren’t cut out to be together” and “go the distance.”

The breakup has been hard on them both, so to make things easier, they’ve been trying not to talk and keeping their distance.

It’s a sad end for one of the more beloved internet couples in recent times, but it’s certainly not a bitter one. The two of them have clearly thought long and hard about the decision.

In the end, it seems like calling it quits made the most sense in the long run, but they’ve parted ways on good terms.