Gaming Disorder: News Media Framing of Video Game Addiction as a Mental Illness

  title={Gaming Disorder: News Media Framing of Video Game Addiction as a Mental Illness},
  author={Scott Parrott and Ryan Rogers and Nathan A. Towery and Samuel D. Hakim},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  pages={815 - 835}
ABSTRACT In May 2019, the World Health Organization identified “gaming disorder” as a mental illness. The decision followed debate in which the video game industry, gamers, and researchers disagreed over whether sufficient research existed to identify gaming disorder as a mental illness. Informed by framing theory, the present study examined news coverage of the decision in the year leading to and immediately following the controversial classification. The study determined how journalists… 


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