Manila, Philippines (July 1, 2018) – If we prevent smoking because it destroys the body, more so should we prevent what destroys the mind. So announced Bro. Eli Soriano, Over-all Servant (Presiding Minister) to the Members Church of God, International (MCGI) in one of the congregation’s weekly thanksgiving.
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has congregations in all seven continents of the world: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America.
Feeling responsible for the lives of the church members, aside from preaching, the international evangelist from time to time updates the congregation of new developments to guide them – from science to health to world events to prophecies in the Bible unfolding.
Citing recent science reports, Bro. Eli said, there are particular regions of the brain affected by digital gaming and not only is it damaging to the brain, it is damaging to the body. But people, nowadays are dependent on digital games though such are damaging to the brain, he said.
Pointing to a report posted on Psychology Today written by Jennifer Golbeck, claims that video gaming disorder is now a mental health condition was made according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO had included Gaming Disorder in their diagnostic manual, the International Classification of Diseases, in its release this June 18, 2018. This WHO declaration that compulsive video-game playing could be a mental health problem has been bannered by major dailies especially in the United States.
Accordingly, Gaming Disorder is classified under “Disorders Due to Addictive Behaviors” and the language includes many familiar characteristics of addiction.
In a CNN report –
Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which proposed the new diagnosis to WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly said, WHO has followed “the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and in the professional field.”
According to Dr. Poznyak-
There are three major diagnostic features or characteristics of gaming disorder. “One is that the gaming behavior takes precedence over other activities to the extent that other activities are taken to the periphery,” he said.
The second feature is “impaired control of these behaviors,” Poznyak said. “Even when the negative consequences occur, this behavior continues or escalates.”
A third feature is that the condition leads to significant distress and impairment in personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning, Poznyak said.
The impact is real, he said, and may include “disturbed sleep patterns, like diet problems, like a deficiency in the physical activity.”
Although gambling disorder “is another category of clinical conditions which are not associated with a psychoactive substance use, it is at the same time being considered as addictive as addictions” according to Dr. Pozynak.
In describing video game addiction, Clinical Psychologist for TechAddiction, Dr. Brent Conrad, said (techaddiction.ca) –
Currently, there is no single universally agreed upon definition of video game addiction. There is no set number of hours one must play in ordered to be considered addicted to video games. Most definitions of video game addiction refer to excessive play which results in negative emotional, social, relational, educational, or career – related consequences.
Instead of devoting energy to “real-world” activities and pursuits, a video game addict spends most of his or her time playing games. Someone who has developed a video game addiction prioritizes gaming accomplishments over all other activities such as spending time with friends and family, school achievement, work performance, and interpersonal relationships.
According to Bro. Eli, a family can fall apart because of video games.
“I am forced to rule out video gaming from you. If we are stopping smoking that can destroy the body, the more that we should disallow what can destroy the mind,” he said.
“Let us prevent our children from addicting video games. Most of video games are violent. They are outlets to violence. We should keep ourselves busy with good things,” Bro. Eli added. #