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Gaming Disorder Means You Can Officially Be Addicted To FIFA

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Gaming Disorder Means You Can Officially Be Addicted To FIFA

FIFA 20's release next week is a reminder that people can be addicted to gaming and 20 hours-a-week could constitute being addicted to the game.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially classified gaming disorder as a mental health condition in the 11th edition of International Classification of Diseases.

Following the news, the BBC suggested that 20 hours a week of gaming qualified as an 'addiction' in a short news video, with FIFA and Fortnite being named named as the most popular titles.

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According to WHO guidelines, to be diagnosed with gaming disorder you must 'experience significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of function'

And you must have lived with this for at least one year.

For the people who suffer with it, they are reported to not be able to control their moods and behaviour when not gaming, and give it more importance than anything else in their life.

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It has been classed in a similar way to any addiction, and the symptoms from The World Health Organisation say that patients will have:

  • Impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context)
  • Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities
  • Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences
Anthony Joshua has previously admitted a FIFA addiction nearly damaged his career. Image: Complex
Anthony Joshua has previously admitted a FIFA addiction nearly damaged his career. Image: Complex

In the past former boxing world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua revealed he used to have a FIFA addiction, with the 2012 Olympic gold medalist saying, "I used to play FIFA until it affected boxing. I had to stop playing because it affected my sleep and recovery. I could stay up till five in the morning playing it, get up at seven and train. That's how mad it was, it wasn't healthy," he told The Sun.

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The new edition of the game is due out next week on September 26th and fans of the game will already be thinking about which teams they'll be playing against their friends with, now that all the ratings are out.

Remember when you're playing to look after yourself and not play for too long.

Topics: gaming news, Football News, FIFA 20, Boxing News, FUT, Anthony Joshua, EA Sports, Football games, Football gaming

Ryan Sidle
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