H/T Roobeedoo, a few days back:
World Health Organization Classifies Video Gaming as a Mental Disorder
What is it with these people, that they see everything as a disease? From the WHO:
Gaming disorder is manifested by a persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (i.e., ‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’) characterised by an impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities and continuation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. These features and the underlying pattern of gaming are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.
I think these bastards must see more or less any “recurrent behaviour” as evidence of “impaired control” with inevitable “negative consequences”.
Have breakfast every morning? That’s a “recurrent behaviour” demonstrating “impaired control” most likely with “negative consequences”.
Same thing with lunch. Or evening dinner. Or watching TV. Or reading books. Or playing cards. Or sunbathing. Or surfing. Or going on holidays. Or holding down a steady job. Or simply being a doctor or dentist or plumber or electrician or politician or pastor. I mean, if you’re an electrician who fixes electrical stuff, that’s a “recurrent behaviour” demonstrating “impaired control” with “negative consequences” which are pretty obvious when you regularly electrocute yourself.
I can hardly think of anything that isn’t habitual, in one degree or other. Even what I’m doing right now – writing this blog – is pretty habitual. I do it pretty much every day. Although I don’t usually write the exact same thing every day.
And what’s so bad about habitual behaviour anyway? What’s wrong with knowing that when you get out of bed in the morning you’re going to put on the kettle, make a cup of tea, light a cigarette, and gaze blearily out of the window at the distant hills, wondering if it’s Tuesday or Wednesday? Are you supposed to do something completely different every day? Is every day supposed to be a completely new day, during which you might do absolutely anything, including visiting Mars, or walking a tightrope, or swimming across the English channel?
It seems to me that habits provide an essential framework to a day. It’s all mapped out. After you’ve had the tea and cigarettes, you’ll maybe head down to a local cafe and read a newspaper over a coffee and a snack, and then you’ll stroll up to the library, and be back in time for lunch, and then a siesta, and then drop in to see Eddy and Martha for a game of bridge, and a couple of beers. It’s all mapped out in advance. It saves you the effort of figuring out what to do next.
Every time I climb in my car and visit some supermarket, I go the exact same way I usually do. I don’t have to get a map and figure out the best way. I did that years ago. And now driving that way is automatic. I don’t have to think about it.
I think it’s a damn good thing I’ve got all these habits. They save me a lot of effort and a lot of thought. My habits free me up to do other stuff.
And anyway, aren’t these bastards in the WHO engaging in “recurrent behaviour” when they look at absolutely everything like it’s a disease or epidemic? And doesn’t it demonstrate “impaired control” that they’re stuck in this rut of thinking? And don’t we all suffer the “negative consequences”, as they label one thing after another an addiction and a danger, and we all lose a bit more freedom? Can’t they stop themselves? Seems they can’t.
Anyway, it gives me another opportunity to post up Video Games by Lana Del Rey, the song (and video) that made her famous (by which I mean that a lot of people engaged in the “recurrent behaviour” of listening to it over and over again, thereby demonstrating “impaired control”, and suffering the “negative consequences” of having the song going round and round in their heads for days on end).