Keith Vaz, is the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee in the United Kingdom's ancient and revered seat of democracy, parliament. As such he's got a voice to be listened to. So, when his obsession with video games takes hold, it's important.
This time round, he wants the beleaguered National Health Service (NHS) to be used to support people who have non-existent 'addictions'.
According to The Press Association
, "The NHS should offer support to people addicted to the internet and video games..."
"In a parliamentary motion, Keith Vaz warned that emotions, decision-making ability and self-control were affected as a result of the addiction.
The motion received support from Liberal Democrat Sir Bob Russell. Both men were, "deeply concerned" by research "which suggests that frequently using the internet or video games can have a physical effect on the brain, similar to that of drugs or alcohol".
According to the politicians, some "research found "both neuronal connections between brain areas and brain functions including emotions, decision-making and self-control are affected".
The research in question came from Indiana University... which has done such research in the past