What you need to know
- Gaming Disorder is being added to the World Health Organization's list of diseases.
- Microsoft recognizes that overuse of video games takes place.
- The company has vowed to give users more control over limits in the future.
Updated May 25, 2019: The World Health Organization unanimously voted to add "Gaming Disorder" to its list of diseases. Reports state that the change will go into effect in 2022.
Currently, there's a debate going on around the world about simply enjoying video games versus being addicted to them. According to a report by GamesIndustry, the World Health Organization (WHO) will vote whether to add "Gaming Disorder" to its list of diseases this week. This means that it will be officially recognized as a disorder. From what has been said so far by researchers, it seems like it will easily pass.
Microsoft realizes that there is a difference between playing a game for a few hours and having fun, or playing it for the whole day without even taking a bathroom break. On one side of the spectrum it can be an interesting activity, on the other end, you're damaging your health. In order to prevent "overuse," the company has a robust set of parental controls in the Xbox One. The company takes the possibility of a Gaming Disorder very seriously, and has promised to do more.
Microsoft's Head of Operations Dave McCarthy said the following during an interview with GamesIndustry. He discussed the company's vision for maintaining a healthy lifestyle by giving gamers choice to set limits.
Hopefully the upcoming parental control features will allow gamers to better manage their hobby with day-to-day life. Microsoft could consider adding a screen time indicator — like the one found in iOS — to show how long they've been gaming or engaged in other activities. Such a feature could be integrated into the Xbox Guide so it's available with a click of a button.
What do you feel about the possibility of Gaming Disorder being added to the list of diseases by the WHO? Is this a problem you're worried about? Let us know.
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