Problem

Screen dependency disorder

Other Names:
Internet addiction disorders
Internet gaming disorder
Problematic internet use
Pathological technology use
Video game addiction
Pathological video game use
Compulsive internet use
Addictive computer games
Home video game addiction
Background:

The World Health Organisation officially classified video game addiction as a disorder at its World Health Assembly in Geneva (2019).

Incidence:

Whereas adult brains are more developed, children’s brains are susceptible to significant changes in structure and connectivity. There is growing evidence that young boys and girls are exhibiting addictive behavior through using smartphone apps, screen-based entertainment, learning programs and video games. Restricting "screen time” at home or school is also creating new mental health and behavioral problems in young kids: crying, physical damage, even threats of suicide.  The concern is that this can stunt neural development in early life and lead to a screen dependency disorder.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2019 – 07:04 CEST