Computer game addiction is a mental illness: WHO

The World Health Organization has declared computer game addiction a mental illness.

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 28 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Computer game addiction is a mental illness: WHO

Playing computer games online is fun and exciting. But if you are glued to the screen for long hours, you may have developed computer game addiction, which the World Health Organization is now calling a mental illness.

Computer game addiction or using electronic devices for too long can hurt your eyesight or worse. It increases your risk of going blind: optometrist Tsai Jing-yao says the excessive amount of blue light emitted from display screens could damage retina.

For those who are severely nearsighted, the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy are ten times higher than they are for other users of electronics. Their risk of going blind from too much screen time is ten times higher, too.

Tsai is urging adults to take a 5-10 minute break after using electronic devices for 30 minutes.    [FULL  STORY]

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