PUBG addiction turns acidic

Are you addicted to PUBG?

By Huzraifah Atikah

Online gaming is a fun activity and it may even keep one's mind highly alert. 

But too much of anything is always bad for anyone. 

There are so many types of online games available in PlayStore but lately PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds or also known as PUBG has been on the spotlight for the wrong reason. 

If you must know, PUBG is a mobile online game where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8x8 km island and become the lone survivor.  

According to the PUBG statistics and facts on the Expanded Ramblings website, the battle royale game developed by Bluehole has been downloaded by more than 240 million users on iOS and Android.

However, media reports since early this year has shown that PUBG gaming addiction is a real deal and dangerous. 

Early last month, YC reported about a Malaysian man who left his pregnant wife and child for the sake of PUBG.

It sounds insane, right?

Now, another crazy thing has happened in India!

Recently, a 25-year-old guy from Chhindawa, accidentally drank acid because he thought that it was water. 

The Times of India reported that the incident happened when he was busy playing PUBG on his mobile phone.

Dr Manan Gogiya, the doctor who treated the young man, said:

“A bottle of acid was kept near him. Busy in the game, he accidentally drank the acid, mistaking it for water. His condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the hospital.”

Dr Gogiya who operated on the victim, said the victim's stomach was full of ulcers and was now recovering.

However, the shocking part is that the victim was still playing games in the hospital. 

Even when he is not playing games, he would be watching movies on his phone. 

This kind of addiction is so dangerous that it needs to stop!

The question now, did you know that gaming addiction had been classified as a mental health condition?

Last September, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a new mental health problem called Gaming Disorder, defining it as:

“A pattern of behavior for at least 12 months in which gaming is out of control.”

“The pattern of behavior must show an ‘increased priority given to gaming’ to the point that gaming ‘takes precedence over other interests and daily activities’.”

“A ‘continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences’, or behavior that affects one’s relationships, education, or occupation. This could mean that a teenager may play video games instead of doing homework and end up failing a test.”

So, if you are a gamer, make sure you don't play too much online or video games. 

Know your limits.