The Reading / Listening - Gaming Disorder - Level 2

The WHO has said that too much gaming is a mental health problem. The WHO has put "gaming addiction" on its official list of diseases. The list is called the International Classification 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 too much gaming.



The WHO said doctors should know that gaming addiction is a danger to people's health that has "serious" consequences. A WHO spokesman said most people who play video games don't have a disorder. However, in certain circumstances, too much gaming can lead to problems. Some doctors believe that too much gaming is not a mental illness. Psychiatrist Allen Frances compared a gaming addiction to coffee addiction. He said: "Billions of people around the world are hooked on caffeine for fun or better functioning, but only rarely does this cause more trouble than its worth."

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    Gaming Disorder - Level 0 Gaming Disorder - Level 1   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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

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

Paragraph 2

  1. The WHO said doctors
  2. gaming addiction is a danger
  3. serious
  4. most people
  5. in certain
  6. too much gaming is not
  7. coffee
  8. cause more trouble
  1. who play video games
  2. consequences
  3. addiction
  4. than its worth
  5. a mental illness
  6. should know
  7. circumstances
  8. to people's health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The WHO has said (1) ___________________ gaming is a mental health problem. The WHO has put "gaming addiction" on its official (2) ___________________. The list is called the International Classification of Diseases. Gaming disorder (3) _________________ people cannot stop playing and gaming becomes more important than other interests. The WHO says this must happen (4) ___________________ a year to be a gaming disorder. Someone with gaming disorder will play (5) ___________________ know they have problems and they have suffered "negative consequences" (6) ___________________ gaming.

The WHO said doctors (7) ___________________ gaming addiction is a danger to people's health (8) ___________________ consequences. A WHO spokesman said most people who play video games don't (9) ___________________. However, in certain circumstances, too much gaming can lead to problems. Some doctors believe (10) ___________________ gaming is not a mental illness. Psychiatrist Allen Frances compared a gaming addiction to coffee addiction. He said: "(11) ___________________ around the world are hooked on caffeine for fun or better functioning, but only rarely does this cause more trouble (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheWHOhassaidthattoomuchgamingisamentalhealthproblem.The
WHOhasput"gamingaddiction"onitsofficiallistofdiseases.Thelistiscal
ledtheInternationalClassificationofDiseases.Gamingdisorderhappe
nswhenpeoplecannotstopplayingandgamingbecomesmoreimporta
ntthanotherinterests.TheWHOsaysthismusthappenforatleastayeart
obeagamingdisorder.Someonewithgamingdisorderwillplayevenifth
eyknowtheyhaveproblemsandtheyhavesuffered"negativeconseque
nces"fromtoomuchgaming.TheWHOsaiddoctorsshouldknowthatga
mingaddictionisadangertopeople'shealththathas"serious"conseque
nces.AWHOspokesmansaidmostpeoplewhoplayvideogamesdon'tha
veadisorder.However,incertaincircumstances,toomuchgamingcanl
eadtoproblems.Somedoctorsbelievethattoomuchgamingisnotamen
talillness.PsychiatristAllenFrancescomparedagamingaddictiontocof
feeaddiction.Hesaid:"Billionsofpeoplearoundtheworldarehookedon
caffeineforfunorbetterfunctioning,butonlyrarelydoesthiscausemore
troublethanitsworth."

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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Free writing

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