Are you a computer game addict?

29.07.2019 Author: Psychologist Pavel Khoroshutin
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A new test will assess the risks of developing video game addiction.

At the end of May, the World Health Organization called computer gaming “a gaming disorder”. It attributed the condition to psychological dependencies and determined some criteria by which it is possible to identify possible signs of the development of the disorder.

Gaming disorder is defined in the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a model of gaming behavior (when playing digital games or video games) which is characterized by a violation of control over the game, giving the game an increasing priority over other activities to such an extent that it is given preference over other interests and daily activities. It also encompasses the continuation or intensification of gaming activities, despite the appearance of undesirable consequences.

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A team of researchers from universities in the UK, Germany, Australia and China have developed a psychological test based on WHO criteria for gaming disorders. There is no final score in the test, for the results are processed automatically and presented as a diagram. It is impossible to say specifically whether you are a game addict or not, but it shows the prevailing motivational factors on a 100-point Herzberg scale with a detailed characteristic for each of the categories. In addition to the diagram, the test taker will receive a comparative graph showing the total number of those who passed the test and his or her result in comparison with others. The self-assessment scale is by no means the basis for a diagnosis and shows rather personal inclinations.

The study is still ongoing, and you can currently participate in it – the test.

Both personal characteristics and socio-economic factors can lead to the development of computer game addiction. The problem is acute throughout the whole world. In Asia, it has already acquired the characteristics of an epidemic. Look around, pay attention to your children and friends. Are they too fond of dangerous, obsessive computer activities? Maybe you should ask yourself the same question. After all, your health is in your hands.