My gaming has always been pretty secretive. It’s not good for my image as a designer, and I know it’s a waste of time. Despite this I have managed to sink hours into gaming, culminating in a couple of years in an MMO. I stopped playing that about 4 years ago.
Luckily for me I have always been pretty ambitious which has kept me in work, subsequently having work deadlines in a highly competitive field has kept my gaming in check. But there are two areas affected by gaming that aren’t often mentioned that I want to share with you:
I live in Maryland, and I’m 17 years old. Two years ago, you changed my life forever. Now I’m finishing high school, doing my dream as a job, and traveling the world by myself!
You probably don’t remember me, but when I was 15, I was addicted to video games. I would usually play for 6-8 hours after school. I’m home schooled, and I would sneak in game time in my school hours when my mom wasn’t around. It got really sad. All I could talk about was the game. It was on my mind all the time.
You may not find the perfect replacement activities right away. Don’t worry about that. Keep experimenting and you will find them over time. It took me a few years to find surfing. But if I kept gaming during that time, I would have never found it. The transition from gaming (something you are very good at, and something you know you like) is different than these new hobbies you’re trying. So be PATIENT.
I looked around my apartment and it was thrashed. Dishes hadn’t been done, garbage hadn’t been taken out, and my apartment looked like a fraternity had blown through it.
57 hours. I could have started a small business, got in shape, and on and on. Ten minutes after I set down the controller, my ADHD wanted me to pick it up once again. One more try. I sighed, deleted everything and realized that I had nothing, absolutely nothing to show for those 57 hours. Except a lot of regret.
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is something that affects 17 million people and to many of them, video games are a serious addiction. Video games constantly feed our ADHD’s need.
It got to the point where I’d photoshop a report card so I could avoid disappointing others and fake success.
Gaming allowed all of this. It allowed me to keep up this lie and avoid thinking about it. Gaming just let’s me avoid feeling bad and often a motivation for lying would be having more game time. It was a vicious cycle that just built upon negative things and caused even more negative things. 6-14 hours a day of game time at a time.
Here’s how I turned my situation around, and became a responsible person.