Study: Does Heavy Gaming Manifest Negative Psychosocial Effects in Early Adolescents?

The results of a new study have just been made public by Oxford University, whom investigated whether or not heavy “gaming” or “online gaming” results in higher levels of mental illness, dysfunctional thinking, or other psychsocial problem in young adolescents – such as violence, social isolation or dystopia. To do this, researches studied a group of 1,004 self admitted gamers along with their care givers for period of a couple weeks. Of the 1,004 gamers studied, over half (525) stated that they played games at least 3 hours each and everyday. And of those, “over 55% showed at least one of the nine indicators for Internet Gaming Disorder, and even 23% showed at least three indicators.

Full Results from Study: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2167702619859341

This means that, according to Oxford University, at least 1 in 4 (25%) adolescent gamers suffered from the effects of “gaming disorder” or “hazardous gaming” – as defined by the World Health Organization in 2017.

Definition of Gaming Disorder from WHO: https://icd.who.int/dev11/l-m/en#/http%3A%2F%2Fid.who.int%2Ficd%2Fentity%2F1448597234

 

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UN Investigation: The War In Yemen Has Killed 233,000 Individuals Between 2015 & 2019

Earlier this week, April 23rd, the United Nations Department of Arab States released the contents of a year long study into the effects of years of War on the peoples of Yemen. Commissioned by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Josef Korbel School of International Studies and University of Denver, researchers did their best to quantify the effects years of War have have had on the Yemeni population – both on and off the battlefield. Officially entitled the “Impact of War on Development in Yemen,” the 68 page study broke down a number of key statistics from the past leading up to today, in an effort to predict/project what the statistics might look like in the future if the War continues on as is, undeterred throughout the future.Below you can key highlights taken away from the study, along with access to the full study in its entirety.

Key Findings/Takeaways:

– By the end of 2019, fighting/combat in Yemen will have claimed about 102,000 casualties.
– About 131,000 have died from the side effects War – disease, famine, lack of water – between 2015 & 2019.
– The combined death toll, from fighting and disease, is 233,000 – or 0.8% of Yemen’s combined population.
1 child dies from the effects of War and its side effects every 11 minutes and 54 seconds.
– If fighting continues undeterred, by 2030 the death toll would reach 1.8 million, the economy would have lost $657 billion, 84% of Yemenis would be malnourished and 71% would live in extreme poverty.

Download Full Study: http://www.arabstates.undp.org/content/dam/rbas/doc/Crisis%20prevention/FINAL%20UNDP-Y_FullReport_041919_print-compressed.pdf

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