The Reading / Listening - Gaming Disorder - Level 1

Too much gaming could be a mental health problem. The WHO has put "gaming addiction" on its list of diseases. Gaming disorder happens when people cannot stop playing and gaming becomes more important than other interests. The WHO says this must happen for at least a year to be a gaming disorder. Someone with gaming disorder will play even if they know they have problems and they have suffered "negative consequences" from gaming.



The WHO said doctors should know that gaming addiction is a danger to people's health. Most people who play video games don't have a disorder. Sometimes, too much gaming can lead to big problems. However, some doctors believe that too much gaming is not a mental illness. One doctor compared gaming and coffee addictions. He said: "Billions of people around the world are hooked on caffeine, but only rarely does this cause more trouble."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gaming Disorder - Level 0 Gaming Disorder - Level 2   or  Gaming Disorder - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.inquisitr.com/4699428/gaming-disorder-to-be-recognized-by-who-as-a-mental-health-condition/
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/gaming-disorder-mental-health-condition-video-games-addiction-a8121876.html
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2157042-video-gaming-disorder-to-be-officially-recognised-for-first-time/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. too
  2. a mental
  3. on its list
  4. people cannot stop
  5. more important than
  6. The WHO says this must happen for
  7. even if they know they
  8. negative
  1. at least a year
  2. much gaming
  3. have problems
  4. other interests
  5. playing
  6. of diseases
  7. consequences
  8. health problem

Paragraph 2

  1. gaming addiction is a danger
  2. Most people who play
  3. too much gaming can lead
  4. too much gaming is not
  5. gaming and coffee
  6. Billions of people
  7. hooked
  8. only rarely does this cause more
  1. around the world
  2. a mental illness
  3. trouble
  4. video games
  5. on caffeine
  6. to people's health
  7. addictions
  8. to big problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Too much gaming (1) ___________________ mental health problem. The WHO has put "gaming addiction" (2) ___________________ of diseases. Gaming disorder happens when people cannot stop playing and gaming becomes more important (3) ___________________. The WHO says this must happen for (4) ___________________ year to be a gaming disorder. Someone with gaming disorder (5) _________________ if they know they have problems and they have suffered "(6) ___________________" from gaming.

The WHO said doctors (7) __________________ gaming addiction is (8) ___________________ people's health. Most people who play video games don't (9) ___________________. Sometimes, too much gaming can lead to big problems. However, some doctors believe (10) __________________ gaming is not a mental illness. One doctor compared gaming (11) ___________________. He said: "Billions of people around the world are hooked on caffeine, (12) _________________ does this cause more trouble."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Toomuchgamingcouldbeamentalhealthproblem.TheWHOhasput"ga
mingaddiction"onitslistofdiseases.Gamingdisorderhappenswhenpe
oplecannotstopplayingandgamingbecomesmoreimportantthanothe
rinterests.TheWHOsaysthismusthappenforatleastayeartobeagamin
gdisorder.Someonewithgamingdisorderwillplayeveniftheyknowthe
yhaveproblemsandtheyhavesuffered"negativeconsequences"from
gaming.TheWHOsaiddoctorsshouldknowthatgamingaddictionisada
ngertopeople'shealth.Mostpeoplewhoplayvideogamesdon'thaveadi
sorder.Sometimes,toomuchgamingcanleadtobigproblems.However
,somedoctorsbelievethattoomuchgamingisnotamentalillness.Oned
octorcomparedgamingandcoffeeaddictions.Hesaid:"Billionsofpeopl
earoundtheworldarehookedoncaffeine,butonlyrarelydoesthiscause
moretrouble."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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