Karachi- A teenager develops serious mental health issues after excessively playing PUBG
Since outdoor activities are restricted due to the lockdown, video games have become a safe haven for teenagers.
A teenage boy in Karachi has developed some serious mental health issues, after excessively playing a game named Player Unknowns Battleground (PUBG). The news comes amid the coronavirus epidemic when half of the world is confined inside their homes.
During the past few months, the use of the internet has increased exponentially. Since outdoor activities are restricted due to the lockdown, video games have become a safe haven for teenagers.
The Director of the department of mental health and behavioral sciences, Fortis Healthcare, Dr. Samir Parikh said, “A Gaming disorder is categorized by a pattern of tenacious and habitual gaming behavior where a player starts to give priority to gaming over other daily activities. While gaming disorder disturbs a small proportion of the people who play video games, anyone who spends unnecessary time gaming is exposed to this condition.”
Studies have shown that excessive use of video games can increase mental issues in children and adults, as it defies the natural balance in one’s life and limits them from making conscious decisions of what is wrong or right.
In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially characterized gaming disorder as an illness in the International Classification of Diseases.
As the lockdown extends, parents must keep a check on their children’s screen time and limit their online activities.
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