Disclaimer: this article is for people who have a desire to quit playing video games (or want to help someone they know who is addicted.) If you aren’t looking to quit, then this article is not for you.
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I don’t want to be another one of those clueless people I talked about above giving advice on this topic when I have no idea what I’m talking about.
Growing up I played video games as much as I possibly could.
It took a strong will but I was eventually able to break the habit, and as time went on, it became easier and easier. Which brings me to the first and absolute most important puzzle to quitting video games: You must have a firm commitment to not play them. You must make the decision not to touch them at all ever again.
You can’t limit your time; you can’t use it as a reward. I’m not talking about making this decision like you make other decisions, which you aren’t really serious about. If not, you will end up playing them again and again, wasting your days playing some stupid video game, justifying it in a thousand different ways.I don’t know if you’re like me, but when I read that predictable advice it just pisses me off. What’s the common advice you get when you’re overweight? (I know it’s not the only reason, but let’s be real here, it’s a major one.) If someone is lazy, are they really going to go running? I’m an athletic guy, I’m driven, and the amount of effort it takes me to go for a run is tremendous.If I were overweight, running would be a huge challenge for me.A firm commitment is absolutely crucial, but it isn’t enough.This is something I found out in September 2009, when I started to play them again. I moved out there to get away from Calgary and to experience something new.This was right around the time that I decided to make a few last ditch efforts to save my relationship (which didn’t work).