This is a post i've wanted to make for the past 4 years on tftv but never got around the time to doing it.
I spent a majority of my middle and highschool years playing video games. I used to play wizard101 and then moved on to team fortress 2. Looking back at it I wasted a lot of time playing these games. I don't think its wrong to play video games for hours on end, but I, like many others let gaming take over much needed time to do schoolwork, socialize and spend time with my family. I used to tell myself that I just enjoyed gaming more and that since I was playing with my friends online I was still socializing. I used to tell myself lies about my gaming and tell myself it wasnt a problem. Looking back at that time it definitely was. Although I enjoyed many of those hours gaming I also completely let go of everything outside of the game. Anyway, if you are a gamer and you're gaming instead of doing your homework, if you are telling your friends you are busy on a Friday night just to game, if you game when you are sad because its a coping mechanism, or if you game when you have something more important to do please stop. Don't lie to yourself.
Theres nothing wrong with spending a lazy sunday gaming all day, but if you have a paper due on monday, don't do it. I stopped gaming cold turkey in 2016 and it took 4 months to stop thinking about it all the time. At first, it was so hard to not think about gaming always, it took a whole 6 months to get used to the normal life.
Now on the other side of the tunnel, I have to come to find I have an easier time sleeping at night and my overall mental health is a lot better.
I still game now, but I don't game when I have work to do and I dont when my friends want to hang out with me.