Accents are funny things, aren’t they? They usually give away a lot about where a person is from, but they can also mutate of their own accord. Usually that happens if someone moves regions or countries when they’re younger, but there are exceptions to that rule.
Twenty one-year-old gaming addict Jamie Callis from Barry, Wales, is one of those exceptions – he managed to lose his accent because he would spend up to 21 hours a day playing on consoles and chatting to people online who were mainly from the USA and Canada.
Speaking to ITV, Jamie said that not only did he not have any friends in real life, but that he felt unable to confide in his family about his problem. He also suffered from severe depression, which made him extremely anxious about interacting with people.
In recent months, several parents have come forward to insist their children are addicted to gaming.
Many said their child was obsessed with the popular third-person shooter Fortnite.
However, Jamie’s vice was RuneScape – he previously told Wales Online that he would play the game for up to 16 hours a day.
He said: ‘My entire teenage years were taken up with my family being constantly concerned about me, but I didn’t really see it as an issue until I was 16 or 17.
‘It affected my grades, my social life, my connections with my family which I’ve only just started repairing now.’
Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health disorder by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and help is available on the NHS.
But some experts have argued there was a lack of scientific evidence for ‘gaming disorder’ and criticised its classification.