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      Game Addiction
     작성자   :   Ms.Abby-m    (18-10-23 10:49:02    Hit : 103)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to classify
"gaming disorder," often referred to as computer game addiction, as a
disease in its new global medical coding guidelines. If the WHO's
decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, endorses the plan next
May, game addiction will be included in the International Classification
of Diseases.

Game addiction has
already emerged as a serious health and social problem in Korea. Yet the
WHO move is controversial. The bone of contention is whether video
games are as harmful a disease as tobacco and alcohol addiction. This
matter is likely to touch off a heated debate in Korea as the Ministry
of Health and Welfare said it will accept the WHO decision. It could
spark a backlash from game developers and conflicts between different
government ministries.

The WHO plan,
if adopted, is expected to bring strict regulations to the game industry
and thereby dampen its business prospects. Currently operators of
casinos, horse racing and lotteries are required to contribute 0.35
percent of their net sales to the prevention and treatment of addiction.
If game addiction is classed as a disease, developers and operators of
video and online games will be obliged to make a similar contribution.

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Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2018/10/202_257402.html


 


 

 

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