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Video game addiction?
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Lately all i've wanted to do is just play games (mainly tf2) and i feel like i'm ruining myself because of it.
it's been like a week since i haven't gone to school, everyday i try to get up and when it's time to go, i just decide i don't feel like it.

i'm just in a rut and i feel like i cant get over it. has it happend to anyone recently? how can i get out of this. i hate feeling like this...

Lately all i've wanted to do is just play games (mainly tf2) and i feel like i'm ruining myself because of it.
it's been like a week since i haven't gone to school, everyday i try to get up and when it's time to go, i just decide i don't feel like it.

i'm just in a rut and i feel like i cant get over it. has it happend to anyone recently? how can i get out of this. i hate feeling like this...
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#2
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Set miniature goals for yourself, ie a certain threshold of hours a day playing games. Goals feel great to meet No matter the size.
You need to realize what else makes you happy and zone in on that shit more than you zone in on games.

If nothing you try in the next couple days works, just remember that I believe in you and you can add me to talk.

Set miniature goals for yourself, ie a certain threshold of hours a day playing games. Goals feel great to meet No matter the size.
You need to realize what else makes you happy and zone in on that shit more than you zone in on games.

If nothing you try in the next couple days works, just remember that I believe in you and you can add me to talk.
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SpadesSet miniature goals for yourself, ie a certain threshold of hours a day playing games. Goals feel great to meet No matter the size.
You need to realize what else makes you happy and zone in on that shit more than you zone in on games.

If nothing you try in the next couple days works, just remember that I believe in you and you can add me to talk.

thanks for responding. i'd have to try that goals thing. it should be easy after this week since i play the finals of a tournament and i won't have to practice as much.

the thing is, apart from playing tf2, or even just watching tf2 content, i like the most basic of things. listening to music is nice, but it wont last more than a while. IRL activities, mostly the ones where i need to interact with people, is very tiring to me. it's weird because i can talk to anyone online, but i usually avoid talking to anyone irl.

also thanks for suggesting i add you but i don't like taking up too much time. responding here is enough :)

[quote=Spades]Set miniature goals for yourself, ie a certain threshold of hours a day playing games. Goals feel great to meet No matter the size.
You need to realize what else makes you happy and zone in on that shit more than you zone in on games.

If nothing you try in the next couple days works, just remember that I believe in you and you can add me to talk.[/quote]

thanks for responding. i'd have to try that goals thing. it should be easy after this week since i play the finals of a tournament and i won't have to practice as much.

the thing is, apart from playing tf2, or even just watching tf2 content, i like the most basic of things. listening to music is nice, but it wont last more than a while. IRL activities, mostly the ones where i need to interact with people, is very tiring to me. it's weird because i can talk to anyone online, but i usually avoid talking to anyone irl.

also thanks for suggesting i add you but i don't like taking up too much time. responding here is enough :)
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you can't consider it practice if its affecting your life negatively. if you truly think you have an addiction to playing videogames then you should cut out competitive gaming from your life. when you think that you have an obligation to play due to having teammates it gives you a very easy excuse to not stop. you're posting on an alt, probably because you're a weeb but not accepting your problem will not make it go away any faster

it sounds from your post that you're not addicted to videogames, but you're addicted to the escapism of them, because you don't have to deal with the problems in your life while playing. posting on an alt lets you escape your problems even moreso

if your problems are really being caused by an addiction to videogames, then cut out competitive gaming and don't consider videogames something to "practice" as a start to working on getting over it

but if its escapsim then you have to fix the root problems in your life. you don't go to school and play tf2 instead, are you not going to school because you can't help but play tf2, or are you not going because of the general malaise you feel about having to go?

i had something similar where i was playing up to 16 hours of tf2 a day and i was telling mysel fthat i was addicted to videogames, when in reality it was a way for me to run from the problems in my life.

if you want to stop feeling this way the first step is understanding and accepting what the actual causes of it are

you can't consider it practice if its affecting your life negatively. if you truly think you have an addiction to playing videogames then you should cut out competitive gaming from your life. when you think that you have an obligation to play due to having teammates it gives you a very easy excuse to not stop. you're posting on an alt, probably because you're a weeb but not accepting your problem will not make it go away any faster

it sounds from your post that you're not addicted to videogames, but you're addicted to the escapism of them, because you don't have to deal with the problems in your life while playing. posting on an alt lets you escape your problems even moreso

if your problems are really being caused by an addiction to videogames, then cut out competitive gaming and don't consider videogames something to "practice" as a start to working on getting over it

but if its escapsim then you have to fix the root problems in your life. you don't go to school and play tf2 instead, are you not going to school because you can't help but play tf2, or are you not going because of the general malaise you feel about having to go?

i had something similar where i was playing up to 16 hours of tf2 a day and i was telling mysel fthat i was addicted to videogames, when in reality it was a way for me to run from the problems in my life.

if you want to stop feeling this way the first step is understanding and accepting what the actual causes of it are
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#5
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Key word in your phrasing is "addiction", once you understand what that means then you can begin to take small steps to break the cycle.
http://dirkhanson.org/neuroaddiction.html (not that you're a drug addict, but the physiology and chemistry apply)

For me, I've found some success replacing video games with exercise at certain hours of the day. Sounds cheesy but exercise causes a chemical release in your body that calms you down and improves your mood. It doesn't have to be intense... but intense feels good. It also helps your body and mind shut down for more effective sleep. When I've been playing way too many video games I typically don't sleep much which makes it much more difficult to feel like doing other things.
If you're an introverted type of person then you may benefit from this strategy, otherwise the key will be to find a close friend or relative in your life that you enjoy and try doing stuff with them on some sort of schedule.
The tough part is that if you really become addicted then making changes is something you have to force yourself into, and even if those changes feel good it will still be hard to maintain.
Good Luck! Apparently this is a common problem so try to dismiss any guilt or worries about approval of others. South Korea has already been addressing it as a major generational health concern so you may find more ideas from what they're doing.

Key word in your phrasing is "addiction", once you understand what that means then you can begin to take small steps to break the cycle.
[url=http://dirkhanson.org/neuroaddiction.html]http://dirkhanson.org/neuroaddiction.html[/url] (not that you're a drug addict, but the physiology and chemistry apply)

For me, I've found some success replacing video games with exercise at certain hours of the day. Sounds cheesy but exercise causes a chemical release in your body that calms you down and improves your mood. It doesn't have to be intense... but intense feels good. It also helps your body and mind shut down for more effective sleep. When I've been playing way too many video games I typically don't sleep much which makes it much more difficult to feel like doing other things.
If you're an introverted type of person then you may benefit from this strategy, otherwise the key will be to find a close friend or relative in your life that you enjoy and try doing stuff with them on some sort of schedule.
The tough part is that if you really become addicted then making changes is something you have to force yourself into, and even if those changes feel good it will still be hard to maintain.
Good Luck! Apparently this is a common problem so try to dismiss any guilt or worries about approval of others. South Korea has already been addressing it as a major generational health concern so you may find more ideas from what they're doing.
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#6
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I did cold turkey, can say it doesn't work, even if you physically cant get to your pc for months, when you finally get back on it you'll revert back, I would say try and do small steps to wean yourself off it.

Small tip I have is to join the gym, helps self esteem, makes you think about what you eat while you're playing, get your nervous system out of the loop of coming home and sitting at the pc and can give you something else to do when you're bored, sounds cliche but will help.

I did cold turkey, can say it doesn't work, even if you physically cant get to your pc for months, when you finally get back on it you'll revert back, I would say try and do small steps to wean yourself off it.

Small tip I have is to join the gym, helps self esteem, makes you think about what you eat while you're playing, get your nervous system out of the loop of coming home and sitting at the pc and can give you something else to do when you're bored, sounds cliche but will help.
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Good luck

Good luck
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when u do nothing but play videogames ur brain gets constant dopamine hits and shit like that, and because there's no risk in videogames like there is in going out and interacting and shit like that it's extremely easy to get stuck in a cycle where videogames are the only thing u do. You can't call it "practise" like that magically justifies spending your life in front of a computer- what worked for me was imagining somebody sit behind u while ur playing and imagine what they think about what ur doing once they've been sitting watching u play for 4 hours, cause I guarentee nobody will look at what ur doing and see it as practise or something thats improving u as a person like you do. You straight up need to quit entirely for a couple of weeks at least, I did it for like two weeks max or smth last year when i was doing the same thing ure doing now, abusing it for constant escapism even tho i knew i was missing out on things. I only stopped playing for like two weeks and for me that was enough to never really treat it in the same way, even tho i obviously still play vidya, i do it when i feel like it and it isnt a compulsion any more. ymmv but for me 2 weeks was enough to get new perspective on what i was actually doing to myself by locking myself away and i started to see the value of shit like social interaction and all that, and id say that even tho i feel like tf2 rly stunted my development socially and damaged my own self esteem a lot, kinda stepping back from it gave me a lot of perspective and the chance to catch up. idk if this is applicable to ur situation but hope it helps, sorry for massive info dump i just woke up

when u do nothing but play videogames ur brain gets constant dopamine hits and shit like that, and because there's no risk in videogames like there is in going out and interacting and shit like that it's extremely easy to get stuck in a cycle where videogames are the only thing u do. You can't call it "practise" like that magically justifies spending your life in front of a computer- what worked for me was imagining somebody sit behind u while ur playing and imagine what they think about what ur doing once they've been sitting watching u play for 4 hours, cause I guarentee nobody will look at what ur doing and see it as practise or something thats improving u as a person like you do. You straight up need to quit entirely for a couple of weeks at least, I did it for like two weeks max or smth last year when i was doing the same thing ure doing now, abusing it for constant escapism even tho i knew i was missing out on things. I only stopped playing for like two weeks and for me that was enough to never really treat it in the same way, even tho i obviously still play vidya, i do it when i feel like it and it isnt a compulsion any more. ymmv but for me 2 weeks was enough to get new perspective on what i was actually doing to myself by locking myself away and i started to see the value of shit like social interaction and all that, and id say that even tho i feel like tf2 rly stunted my development socially and damaged my own self esteem a lot, kinda stepping back from it gave me a lot of perspective and the chance to catch up. idk if this is applicable to ur situation but hope it helps, sorry for massive info dump i just woke up
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#9
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i think we are the same person

i think we are the same person
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#10
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Go outside nigga

Go outside nigga
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Hahahahahahahaha How The Fuck Is Video Game Addiction Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha

Hahahahahahahaha How The Fuck Is Video Game Addiction Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha
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