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6) “Internet gaming has turned worse than drugs”. Do you agree? Critically examine the statement in the light of the announcement made by World Health Organization (WHO) to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. (250 words)

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6) “Internet gaming has turned worse than drugs”. Do you agree? Critically examine the statement in the light of the announcement made by World Health Organization (WHO) to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. (250 words)

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Why this question:

While addiction to gaming is widely recognized, recently reported incidents associated with gaming are alarming in the country. The question aims to look into the threats it poses on the society.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the ill effects of gaming and the impact it creates on the psychology of an individual and the mental health condition in general.

Directive:

Critically examineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Explain what is internet gaming.

Body:

First explain why WHO has classified “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition.

Explain what makes internet gaming a worst disorder?

Justify that Nearly 7% of population studied for gaming and internet addiction have exhibited depressive symptoms, somatisation and anxiety, including behavioural changes and sleep disturbances.

Explain what are the underlying causes?

What needs to be done to resolve the issue?

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions in terms of policy actions such as formalizing the disorder that would help experts across the world to conduct more research, and will help diagnose the issue at an early stage and help take necessary actions.

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