Are you guilty of gaming too much?


10th January 2018

COULD gaming be bad for you? The World Health Organization thinks so and has come up with a new health risk, called gaming disorder.

The disorder is described in a similar way to an addiction. It includes behaviour such as a weak control over gaming, increasingly putting gaming before other daily activities and interests, and continuing gaming even when there are negative consequences.

A person can be diagnosed with a gaming disorder if their behaviour is bad enough that it’s affecting their personal life, family and education or occupation. It will normally be evident for at least 12 months.

The disorder has been added to a draft of the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This is like a big database where health trends, conditions and statistics are recorded.

Gamers shouldn’t worry too much, as studies show that the disorder only affects a tiny number of people who take part in digital or videogaming activities. However, the World Health Organization suggests that those who like gaming should make sure they are aware of how long they spend playing and the effects it can have.

Are you guilty of gaming too much? Don’t forget to leave a comment!

Are you guilty of gaming too much?


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asdfiscool · 4 years ago

I like playing games, and I do it a lot, but I don't see any changes to my behaviour

hermione26 · 4 years ago

#FIRSTONETOCOMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely guilty of gaming too much.

tvbin · 4 years ago

it is bad for your eyes but there are some games that are educational and you can meet with millions of other players around the world

anjana · 4 years ago

I am not guilty of playing games because my parents don't let me upload any games on their phones. I can't upload any games because my phone is a Nokia phone so can't really upload anything other than text or phone someone and we don't have stuff like x-boxes, nintendos or mario things so in the weekends we read or watch tv so I don't really feel guilty about gaming anyway.

hptigers · 4 years ago

I like playing games but I prefer reading books and things like that. They can be bad for your eyes so be careful!

cubemaster · 4 years ago

I am definitely guilty of gaming too much. Any spare moment that I get I will hop onto my phone, my laptop, my Xbox, my DS...

sgadders · 4 years ago

I do not game at all but lots of my friends do and that is a bad thing

Jewab99 · 4 years ago

Yep. I’m a gamer girl!

harvs567 · 4 years ago

Well I like playing games so I say no and I also play forza horizon 5 with my dad (sorry I can't spell some words)

chiclala · 4 years ago

no because I do not play video games and I do not have an x-box

gugu9 · 4 years ago

The only thing I ever think about is my Xbox and I'm always trying to stop playing with it so much, but when I'm allowed to go on it again I forget all about me trying to stop. Then when I finish playing on it, I feel guilty for not remembering to NOT play.

7diamond07 · 4 years ago

I can’t get of games easily

gameknight · 4 years ago

I love gaming (as you might tell from my user-name) and i don't actually game 'too much' but I still do it a lot and also fun is basically the meaning of life if you think about it..!

fullerjude · 4 years ago

I like playing games and I understand that they eat into my other time to do things but honestly, I’m not guilty of it sometimes it can socialite though.

xmasfan · 4 years ago

I like to play the occasional game however I don't have any that I am obsessed with. I think that as long as you have a good balance games shouldn't be too bad for you.

pinkfood · 4 years ago

i am guilty but i don't think that cares apart from teachers and one is going to just randomly say that they are.

gingetoff · 4 years ago

I don’t game. I don’t have any time

stride03 · 4 years ago

i can safely say that i game wayyyyyy tooooo much.

dolphindm · 4 years ago

I am not guilty of playing games although I have a phone because I am not obsessed with it and I don't have social media. My parents also tell me not to play on my phone or iPad too much otherwise it might be bad for my eyes. I like to read more and do more physical activities as they are better for your health and development than gaming. I would encourage people to limit their time gaming and try something else to pass the time.

zaaz · 4 years ago

I voted no as I don't really do any gaming. I am more into books, but I can see how people can feel guilty of gaming too much. You can become addicted so easily.

Zaaz xxx

ep-22579 · 4 years ago

I think that children of all ages should spend more time with family and friends. Plus, if you're gaming too much, you might get square eyes!!! But it is very fun.

sambrophy · 4 years ago

I do get very addicted to video games A LOT! I got my own Amazon Kindle Fire for Christmas and I love it! I do worry about how much i spend on particular games like Roblox or Toca Boca games. Some of the games I play are partly educational, but I wonder if this does help?

cooledie · 4 years ago

I am definitely not guilty of gaming too much because my family don't have any gaming consoles, so I don't play games, and anyway I would rather read, draw, play board games, or play outdoors.

cooledie · 4 years ago

gaming is bad for your eyes and health so I would advise people to stop or not play as much as they did.

ellieboo · 4 years ago

I chose yes because it doesn't help the enviroment lots

nickmoo · 4 years ago

I'm not guilty of gaming because I set a restriction time of 1 hour a day so I don't game loads its really hard not to not game loads but it was my new years resolution and I've stuck to it !

dude28899 · 4 years ago

I'm only allowed on weekends,so no I'm not guilty. Anyway if I do play I would play ROBLOX.

ragedfatal · 4 years ago

I like gaming bit I understand that it can't be my life...

epicvader · 4 years ago

I have NEVER played a video game in my life!

jeffbobson · 4 years ago

Some people may say they aren’t but I will own up to it and say I can’t help but playing videogames, they’re just so addictive

rainbow07 · 4 years ago

I voted no,I'm not guilty of gaming to much.I have never played a video game in my life,as its not my thing.The only electronic game that I ever play is an online educational game called Times Tables Rock Stars.

arguitar10 · 4 years ago

I think that we should all control how much time we spend on our devises but once in a while is fine

zaaz · 4 years ago

Hey First News readers!!!

I love this poll thing its a really good way to express how you feel.
Plz chat to me!!!


itsmeuni · 4 years ago

I am. For instance, last weekend my thumbs were aching after I played on the WiiU. I was on the game pad for half an hour, playing one of my favourite games on the console, and later that day, I told my mother my thumbs were aching and she told me it was because I had been playing for too long.

betsy1205 · 4 years ago

I don't have ANY games on my phone, I have a hand-me-down playstation two that I never use and a wii that i Barely use so I don't think I've got Gaming Disorder. : )

popchip4 · 4 years ago

not really tbh

april2008 · 4 years ago

yes,i am guitly because education is more important

unicornzz · 4 years ago

I like playing games but I don't play too much

icecream2 · 4 years ago

I don’t game but I ? going on my phone ??????????#do u guys game or go on ur iPad or stuff like me

ecrabbit · 4 years ago

I love playing video games in my Xbox, but I don’t do it TOO much

bigfatcat · 4 years ago

I think games don’t help you whatsoever and they are bad for your eyes. Also the last time I can remember going on a video game was 8 months ago!

zeushades8 · 4 years ago

I voted ? NO because I don’t play too much .... but I still do. I mean , WHO DOESNT

guppy2 · 4 years ago

I don't really game that much

Benjyb1 · 4 years ago

I love gaming so much??

nachodip11 · 4 years ago

I do game too much and despite it being bad for me I still do all my homework, chores etc.

ayubbeg · 4 years ago

I am not guilty of gaming too much for I do not play games. However, I do feel guilty of watching too much television when I should work more.

macaroon8 · 4 years ago

I don't own a gaming device but I do like playing games on my phone but only if I'm bored. So no!

mjustice · 4 years ago

Yes i do feel guilty I try to split my time

ilex118 · 4 years ago

I don't play many games, I prefer to read or write- so no I'm not guilty of gaming too much!

a.zafar · 4 years ago

I don’t really play video games that much

acehenry09 · 4 years ago

A bit

purplefrog · 4 years ago

I only game on Friday nights and some weekend mornings, but if it's half-term, I'm allowed on a little more often.

pheebz10 · 4 years ago

I Love gaming and playing games online but I have not thought of a time where i have spend more time gaming then 2 hours a week and my behaviour has not changed that much but if you are spending a lot of time gaming then i would do something to get outside or do something like read for a change

loading795 · 4 years ago

I don’t game at all!

rachel360 · 4 years ago

I don’t game much. I am interested in other stuff and I am active , really. I don’t have an Xbox or PS4 so I don’t really play on gadgets

yugandhar · 4 years ago

I do like playing games, but the problem is you get addicted and you start playing more and more without knowing.

aash1234 · 4 years ago

Yes... I definitely play too much but I still seem to be perfectly OK!

amberspell · 4 years ago

I don't think so... I mean, I REALLY DON'T THINK SO! My dad only lets me play screen games 10 minutes a day!!! 20 minutes if I'm lucky!!!

eh-78957 · 4 years ago

I only play once a week so I don’t ?much

pandacool · 3 years ago

its bad for your eyes so yes!

holholster · 3 years ago

I am not guilty of gaming too much, because it doesn't normally affect my behavior, and my everyday life is not disrupted by it. After all, gaming is supposed to be a fun experience for everybody who does it.

kitten26 · 3 years ago

No. Beacause I can't be bothered. Although I am sick of boys in my class talking about FORTNITE 24/7???

melon_cow7 · 3 years ago

No 2 hours a day

katkid10 · 9 months ago

I don't game.