Fighting video game addiction.

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#1 Posted by guerilla-man (57 posts) -

I have a real issue with gaming urges and addiction to play my games.

Sometimes I even lose cantrol and self cantrol is becoming a problem.

I should usually play games in afternoon to evening but I am playing all day.

This morning my girl came in with my dad and said why aren’t you spending time with us? As life is short to spend time as much as you can with your loved ones as much as possible and spend less to smaller amount of time on gaming.

I am not saying it’s not okay to play games at all. Play games but have a certain limit when you play and what hours you play.

Life is short for all of usand we have to get out of the house and keep the mind active.

Yesterday I worked in the garden and got off my game for a few hours.

If your going through the same thing, yeah speak out!

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#2 Posted by warmblur (2165 posts) -

I have a addictive personality I just accept it at this point the damage is done.

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#3 Posted by omegaMaster (1229 posts) -

It will come to a point where you will have to give up gaming.

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#4 Posted by CrimsonBrute (25385 posts) -

It's not an addiction, it's an overwhelming need that controls my life.

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#5 Posted by dreamygeek (11 posts) -

This is exactly my story. I am addicted to Dota 2 and I always tell myself to stop playing it for a while but I cant. I spend my whole weekends playing it and I don't get to meet my friends and family because of it. I left it straight for 6 months and then started again. Seems like there's no solution to it.

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#6 Posted by Baconstrip78 (1367 posts) -

Just give away your gaming system. Problem solved.

You will not believe how depressed, unmotivated, and isolated it’s making you either. It’s literally ruining your life and you don’t even know it.

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#7 Posted by Gaming-Planet (19921 posts) -

I don't have a video game addiction.

I actually want to be able to play video games but never have the time to do so.

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#8 Edited by VFighter (4803 posts) -

I probably play to much, but eh there's worse I could be doing.

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#9 Posted by reddkaiman (3 posts) -

@dreamygeek: I do think the addictive nature of video games comes from doing amazing things that feel like big accomplishments. Especially with multiplayer games that are dynamic and constantly changing. If you do feel like your gaming habits are interfering with your life, I would recommend meditation (an app like Headspace is really good) and journaling to help you. Write down how you feel before you have the urge to play a game. Explain in your terms why you decided to play instead of doing x, y, z. Once you become aware of your urges and emotions, it's easier to control them. Not saying it will happen overnight, but it does help.

Hope this works.

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#10 Posted by AryannaLao (73 posts) -

@omegamaster said:

It will come to a point where you will have to give up gaming.

I agree with this statement. I used to be addicted so much, then I just felt like not playing anymore because I realized that I have other more important things to do. I advise everyone who's addicted to reflect on your life and decide on your priorities.

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#11 Posted by GettingonwithGamingLife (221 posts) -

Write down a list of the things you want to achieve in life, its a good way to overcome addiction because it can be a barrier to your ambitions. I play a couple of hours a day, but gaming is always on my mind, distracting me from studies because nothing seems as fun as getting yourself lost on your console pc or whatever.

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#12 Posted by pillarrocks (1485 posts) -

I used to play videogames alot when I was younger but out grew it. If I do play it's usually for an hour or two at night and that's it.

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#13 Posted by npiet1 (2097 posts) -

I use gaming as a reward system after I found that I was developing bad habits. I set rules for myself.

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#14 Posted by goodzorr (496 posts) -
@Gaming-Planet said:

I don't have a video game addiction.

I actually want to be able to play video games but never have the time to do so.

This is me also lol

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#15 Posted by Peasly (289 posts) -

I have an addictive personality. However i don't care anymore if it's good for me or not. I have a short attention span and maybe dissociative identity disorder..? Meh..

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#16 Posted by livingdeadman (153 posts) -

Let go. Begin again.