Ars Technica - Is gaming addiction a “disorder” or a “junk diagnosis?”
"Similar concerns led a group of 28 experts in the field, including
write an open letter to the WHO in 2016 urging them not to let a 'moral
panic [surrounding] the harm of video gaming' lead to "the treatment of
abundant false-positive cases." Citing the low quality of current research
and lack of consensus on symptoms, the group worried that listing the
disorder would "cause significant stigma to the millions of children and
adolescents who play video games as part of a normal, healthy life."
On the other side, a group of researchers led by Nottingham Trent
University's Mark Griffiths
noted that even critics of a clinical listing for gaming disorder note
that 'some gamers do experience serious problems as a consequence of the
time spent playing video games.' If that's the case, they argue, 'how can
such an activity be seriously problematic yet not disordered?'"