in light of WHO declaring gaming a mental disorder.
Two media reports on WHO including 'gaming disorder' in its International Roster of Disease, a school advisory and a massive hoarding for an online coaching course, got me thinking on my way back from school-drop.
My Son is high on the success of a social media campaign which he believes has given him purpose in life. He is 16, runs his own not-for-profit website and does a lot of his homework on the laptop. But he is a kid at the same time and sneaks in the extra wandering in cyber space.
He is far from addicted to any sort of gaming, but when on a digital high, he will not accept that his sudden bouts of unexplained irritability, fatigue or even a dull throb in his head could be related to prolonged screen-time. He will not consider, without a fight, that football on the field need not be followed up with team-trading on the gaming console. Or, that keeping messaging apps…