Video Gaming Disorder: How to spot an addiction

NEWS CHANNEL 8 DID HE JUST HAVE A CHICKEN WING BEHIND HIS EAR? [ LAUGHTER ] FOR THE FIRST TIME, THERE IS A NAME FOR VIDEOGAME ADDICTION CALLED GAMING DISORDER

IT IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND RIGHT HERE IN THE BAY AREA Reporter: CLEARWATER INSURANCE EXECUTIVE NILE MADLY ENJOYS SPENDING FREE TIME PLAYING VIDEO GAMES WORKING FULL TIME LIMITS WHEN HE CAN PLAY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO PLAY WAY TOO MUCH, EVERY DAY WHENEVER THEY CAN I GUESS I HAVE THE SYMPTOMS BUT I DON'T HAVE THE FULL ADDICTION

Reporter: SHE IS ALSO A LIFELONG GAMER HER ENTIRE FAMILY ENJOYS PLAYING I HAVE BEEN PLAYING SINCE I COULD HOLD A CONTROLLER IN MY HAND Reporter: THEY ARE PART OF A GENERATION WHERE AT LEAST FOR SOME, VIDEOGAMES HAVE REPLACED PLAYING IN THE PARK, RIDING A BIKE, OR GOING TO THE BEACH THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZES IT AS GAMING DISORDER

IT IS REAL THING Reporter: PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER KHALILI SEES IT IN YOUNG PATIENTS ALL THE TIME GAMING HAS AFFECTED SOCIETY WITH A LOT OF RIPPLES AND I THINK MANY ARE NEGATIVE THEY ARE ADDICTED TO THE GAMES Reporter: COLLEEN'S FIVE GRANDCHILDREN WOULD RATHER PLAY VIDEO GAMES THEN JUMP ROPE OR PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

THE MINUTE I WALK INTO THE HOUSE, IT'S NANA, CAN I SEE YOUR PHONE OR iPAD IT'S NOT HIGH, WE LOVE YOU OF COURSE I KNOW THEY LOVE ME, BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT Reporter: GONE ARE THE DAYS SHE REMEMBERS WHEN HER GRANDKIDS WOULD ACTUALLY INTERACT WITH THE FAMILY FROM THE MINUTE THEY GET HOME FROM SCHOOL, THEY ARE ON THE DEVICES

Reporter: THE HAZARDS INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO PLAY ALL DAY AND DON'T EVEN TRY TO FIND A JOB THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DROPPED OUT OF COLLEGE IN SCHOOL, THEY HARDLY LEAVE THEIR HOUSE, THEY DON'T HAVE FRIEND NETWORKS Reporter: SERIOUS VIDEOGAME ADDICTS CAN SEEK TREATMENT BUT THEY MUST BE MOTIVATED THOSE IN TREATMENT AND WANT TO CHANGE COULD HAVE, THEY CAN HAVE A GOOD SUCCESS RATE Reporter: VIDEOGAME MAKERS ARE CLEVER AT LURING YOU IN AND MAKING IT HARD TO QUIT LIKE SMOKING OR DRINKING

THEY ARE DESIGNED TO KEEP YOU COMING BACK FOR SMALL THINGS OVER AND OVER THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT REALLY ROPE YOU INTO DOING IT THEN THEY PURPOSELY SLOWED THE GAME DOWN Reporter: IT IS NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM, THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLAYERS THAT KNOW WHEN TO STOP GAMING CAN BE A GREAT THING, CAN DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS, BUT WE NEED TO USE IT AS A TOOL FOR SUCH

FOUR THEN THERE ADDICTS WHO LET THEIR LIFE SUFFER FOR THE GAMING HABIT THERE IS A GOOD CORRELATION WITH THE MORE GAMES, THE WORSE GRADES Reporter: PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED SHOULD ENCOURAGE

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