I was always a gamer. I didn’t need to be into video games for other people to see how much of a gamer I am, but it’s what I did more than anything else. When my family and friends saw me they would ask “What have you been doing?” And the answer was always playing video games. That is, until one day when something changed that made me want to change my focus from gaming to writing…
A few months ago, in March 2018, I started using Discord as an outlet for all of my frustrations with life (school related or not). One night while on there talking about school stuff with some close friends who were also struggling academically like myself this one person said “Why do we keep spending our life on a video game?”
‘t’s like we’re wasting our entire lives doing stuff that doesn’t matter.’
I thought about it for a minute and then I realized something. I knew this person was right, but at the same time they were wrong…
It was true that spending hours upon end playing games wasn’t going to do anything good for me in the long run, but there is one thing gaming has done for me: It got my attention away from other things. For a year or two now I’ve been struggling with an addiction to certain types of substances (drugs). The more addicted i became, the less interest i had in everything else in life including school work/classes because all i wanted to do was get high.
The more i played video games the less interested i became in trying other things like getting a job or going to college and so on. That’s what addiction does, it takes away everything good about life that you used to enjoy before you started using substances…
Every time I picked up my Game Boy (my favorite console) for an hour of gaming here and there i was actually doing something beneficial; it got me off drugs temporarily which gave me just enough energy/desire to do one thing – study! It helped me get back on track with school work and made me want to go out into the real world again because when all i did was play games then nothing else mattered but those pixels on the screen.
So yes, i did stop playing video games and study. And it’s so much better because now I’m actually doing something!
I stopped my addiction to Video Games by concentrating on studying more. It helped me get back on track with school work, and made me want to go out into the real world again because when all i did was play games then nothing else mattered but those pixels on the screen…So yes, i did stop playing video games and study. And it’s so much better because now I’m actually doing something! 🙂
i wrote a blog about how i hate video games
i documented my experience of quitting gaming cold turkey for over two years
video game addiction is not only bad for mental health but also