[Case Study] Battling Gaming Addiction

Hello there.  First, I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone and wish all a happy and satisfying 2022.  I’m wondering how someone call tell if they have an addiction, with anything for that matter?  For me at least, I can tell I allow gaming to take up most of my free time and feel that I don’t have time for anything else.  For example, I have an essay due for one of my Graduate classes and I don’t even get it started until the day before it’s due.  Luckily it was in regards to a topic that I was very familiar with. 

I know that this won’t always be the case but it gets me thinking of other ways that gaming takes up too much time.  Now, I’m not saying that it all bad.  Gaming can give you new ideas and helps your problem-solving functions.  I’m saying it can be bad if it’s all you do and get so caught up that you forget to eat and when you turn it off, what would seem like a couple of hours to you could actually be 12 – 16 hours of game time that you spent.

Just like you hear with many other things that can lead to addiction.  With that being said, I wonder if adding some gamification to your daily tasks that need to be done to reward yourself with some game time?    Perhaps write down everything you need to do for the day on a list.  Group the tasks by 2 or 3 then for each group completed, reward yourself with 30 minutes of game time.  I would probably also save have a max game time to be used during the work week of 90 minutes then perhaps bank the remaining to the weekend.  That way you can have some gaming weekends to look forward to.

I’m curious to see what you think of this type of idea.  Please let me know your comments and we can talk further. 

What are your thoughts?

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