Do All Video Gamers Have a Mental Disorder?


Do All Video Gamers Have a Mental Disorder?

Illustration: Palak Bansal


o everyone who was gifted an Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, or anything related to video games this Christmas, I’m sorry. What can be considered luck in 2017 will be regarded as misfortune by the time 2018 rolls around. The World Health Organisation has announced that excessive video gaming is going to be added to the list of mental disorders. While I’m not saying that skipping bathing for two days while grooming your virtual pet is the portrait of ideal mental health, there are issues with WHO’s identification of the people most likely to suffer from this disorder – boys from the age of 12 to 20.

I don’t belong to the aforementioned group, but I feel like they are being unfairly maligned. After all, video-game addicts come in all sizes, and each one parades their high scores as if they were Uber ratings. The Humans of the Gaming World include…