The World Health Organisation has been studying the impact of internet use on the mind for 15 years and more recently looked at online gaming, which – at draft level – is being classified as a mental disorder, with people whose lives are completely disrupted by their addiction.

The Commissioner for Mental Health, John Cachia, believes this threat, as well as social media addiction, is not being taken seriously enough and that far more needs to be done by stakeholders, from parents and teachers to policy-makers to prevent the addiction and to nip it in the bud. But he stressed that the burden also lies with the individual and with the online gaming companies.

See the full interview on Times Talk on Wednesday.


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