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Step-by-step instructions to clear your YouTube history:

Have you ever decided to watch one YouTube video about a topic, only to have your entire homepage become flooded with similar videos?

Unsurprisingly, YouTube is using their optimized algorithm to comb through your search and watch history, to recommend videos they think you’d like.

This isn’t usually a problem, but if you’re someone who has just started on your 90-day detox from gaming, it can be a struggle.

After people quit gaming, a number of them fill that void with YouTube.

I mean, why wouldn’t you? It’s an infinite trove of mentally stimulating content just waiting to be watched.

But, receiving recommended gameplay from your favourite video games can increase your cravings to play.

The best way to get around this is to learn how to clear your YouTube history.

And don’t worry, I’ve included the mobile version for you as well.

How To Clear Your YouTube History

Clearing your YouTube history is actually pretty simple. However, YouTube likes to hide all of your data (even the deleted stuff) behind another few steps.

How to Delete Your Watch and Search History

Step 1: Head over to your history tab on the left side of the screen

Step 2: You’ll see the two sections on the right-hand side. Click ‘clear all history’ in both of these and you’re good to go.

That’s it!

Now you get to admire your beautiful homepage in all of its glory.

Quick note – If you use the YouTube Music app you’ll have to go through the same process in that.

Clean YouTube’s Hidden Data

Now there are a couple of extra steps to take to delete the rest of your data Google has on file.

Step 1: Head back over to the history tab, navigate to the right-hand side and click on ‘manage all activity’.

Step 2: Click on the ‘delete activity by’ on the left side of the screen.

Step 3: Under the ‘delete by date’ section, change it to all time.

Step 4: Now press delete.

And, hopefully, you’re good to go.

Initially, this might not look like it has much of an effect, as your homepage has gone back to normal after clearing your watch and search history.

However, over time YouTube will feed recommendations back to you based on videos you watched months or years ago.

Mobile Version: How To Delete Your Watch History

The mobile version is pretty similar to the desktop version, it’s just laid out slightly differently. Follow the arrows and you’ll be all set.

Step 1: Click on Library in the bottom right.

Arrow Pointing to Library Tab on YouTube

Step 2: Click on ‘History’ at the top.

Arrow Pointing To History

Step 3: Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.

Arrow Pointing To Three Dots In Top Right Of Mobile Screen

Step 4: On the pop-up menu, select ‘History Controls’

Arrow Pointing To History Controls Tab

Step 5: Now just click on ‘Clear Watch History’ and ‘Clear Search History’. Also, note that you can delete all of your YouTube data on this screen, similar to what we did on the desktop.

Screenshot Showing Clear Watch And Search History Buttons

And that’s it. Pretty simple.

If you find yourself giving into your cravings and end up binge-watching a bunch of videos, just go back, delete your history and reset.

If you’re looking to prevent these binge-watching sessions happening, we’ll be releasing a guide soon on how to get rid of all of the distractions on YouTube such as Recommended videos, Trending, and Autoplay.

So make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get notified when the video goes live. And leave a comment on the video about your experience with YouTube after trying to quit gaming.

Step-by-step guide to stop wasting time on Reddit:

For the longest time I despised Reddit. It was poorly designed, didn’t make any sense, and was just boring.

Then, roughly 2 years ago, I decided to really give it a go.

I learned how to use it, got on board with the Reddit sense of humour, and followed all the subreddits I could think of, including /r/StopGaming

I Was Hooked

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For me, wasting time on Reddit was almost worse than being addicted to video games.

I’d spend hours scrolling through the front page looking at memes, gifs, reading countless life pro tips, and even watching porn.

And yet, I don’t think I could recall a single piece of advice I’d read on Reddit.

I was doing all this reading, convincing myself I was learning and improving myself when in reality it was going in one ear and straight out the other.

I had managed to curb my addiction to other social media sites, but Reddit was a stubborn beast.

I’m here to tell you, however, that it can still be tamed. With the right systems and a bit of effort, you too can learn how to stop wasting time on Reddit.

Stop Wasting Time on Reddit

You’ve probably noticed in the past that you unconsciously reach for your phone to start browsing the internet.

I’m bored, time to get out my phone.

I’m waiting for someone, better browse Reddit.

You’ve done it so much now that it has turned into an automatic response… a habit.

The good thing about habits is that they can be changed, and that begins with awareness.

I want you to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What need is my device fulfilling? Is it to do with boredom? Sadness? Tiredness? Or am I just lonely?
  2. If I take a day off from my device, will I be holding myself back?
  3. Is it an absolute must for me to use my device to complete a task?

Take some time to have a think, and try to get as in-depth as possible.

The more serious you can take it now, the easier it will be to overcome the problem.

Now, we’re going to use these questions again, so keep them somewhere you can see them.

Mindfulness Is the Key

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The first thing you need to do is learn to be aware of your usage, and start catching yourself before it happens.

From now on, every time you go to pick up your device, you’re going to pause and stop yourself in the act. Take a moment to breathe.

It’s going to be tough to begin with, and probably won’t happen until you’ve already opened Reddit. But, the trick is to keep trying until you’re eventually doing it before it happens.

Once you’ve caught yourself in the process, I want you to ask yourself those three questions from before.

All we’re trying to do here is develop some self-awareness to our habit.

The first necessary step in changing a habit is learning what the start point of that habit is. In the Habit Loop this is called the Trigger.

Once you learn what your Trigger is, you can begin to work on controlling it.

Replace Reddit with Something Meaningful

After a bit of practice, you should have identified which needs you’re trying to fulfill by browsing Reddit.

Now, the next step is to find an activity that can fill that same need, without incorporating any unhealthy technology habits you’ve already developed.

In the New York Times Best Selling Book, Atomic Habits, author James Clear shares three ways to break a bad habit:

Whether you decide to eliminate Reddit completely or simply reduce your usage, finding a replacement habit to counter Reddit will be crucial.

If you’ve got no idea what to do, try looking back to a time where you were happy without technology. It might be a past experience or hobbies you used to enjoy.

A big one for me was playing music. Something I’d fallen out of touch with over the last few years.

We also have a list of 60+ new hobby ideas here.

The important thing now is to begin associating the urge with picking up your device, with the urge to spend time on your preferred activities.

An example of what this might look like with practice:

  • I’m lonely but I don’t realize it
  • I want to interact with my favorite subreddits
  • I realize I’m picking up my phone
  • “Why am I doing this?”
  • Realizing I’m lonely
  • Instead of browsing Reddit I’m going to message a friend to hang out

This is a pretty simple explanation but I hope it makes some sense to you.

What If I Can’t Stop Wasting Time Reddit?

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Most of the time we pick up our phone, we don’t even realize we’re doing it.

It’s at this point when following the previous steps becomes difficult.

It might sound like I’m repeating myself but again, the key here is self-awareness and practice.

The best way that I’ve found to take control of the situation is to use those momentary lapses in concentration, when your attention naturally breaks from the screen, and attempt to catch yourself in the moment.

Instead of going straight back to moving your thumb up and down your screen, you’re going to try to and regain a sense of awareness of your surroundings.

A few things you could try:

  • Stand up and take a few steps
  • Press the buttons on your phone
  • Look around and notice where you are
  • Kick your feet or stretch your body

The key to these movements is to snap you out of that technology-induced trance.

Once you’ve managed to snap out of it, you can start focusing your attention on any tasks or problems you might have, and work towards solving them.

Can’t I Just Block Reddit?

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it. It’s something that I’ve used to great effect in the past.

There are well-known blocking apps like FocusMe, or my personal favorite, the StayFocusd extension for Chrome.

I put all of the sites I want to block on there and hit the Nuclear Option for 1000000 hours.

Also, make sure to block the extensions page as well as enable the extension in incognito mode.

Sure, there are ways that any tech-savvy individual can get around them, but there’s one big advantage to using a blocker: It helps to refocus your attention in the moment and catch you before you start browsing.

For example, you’re bored and unconsciously opening Reddit. As you do, a big warning pops up on your screen telling you to get back to work.

This triggers you into becoming self-aware of your surroundings and can act as a great way to snap you back into focus.

However, while blocking apps is great, you want to develop the ability to remain mindful and aware of the situation at hand.

The sooner you can address the reasons why you’re starting to browse Reddit, the sooner you can start developing more healthy habits.

It’s something that will benefit in the future far more than you realize.

Ready to quit playing Skyrim? You’re in the right place.

I’m not sure I can name another game that’s as immersive, nostalgic, and downright addictive as Skyrim.

Skyrim lets you feel like you’re a part of a different world. You can choose to be whoever you want to be.

Want to play as a hulking barbarian that has a deep-seated hatred for the Elves?

Or maybe you’re on the peaceful side and want to hunt animals, fish, and make a living in a small cabin with your wife.

Skyrim lets you do all of that, and more. But what happens if Skyrim has taken hold of your life? How do you quit?

If you ask people online they will just laugh at you. “You can’t quit, it’s too addictive.”

Therefore that’s why I’ve created this guide: I want to help you quit playing Skyrim and take back control of your life.

I Was Addicted to Skyrim

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Hi, I’m James Good

I still remember the feeling of rushing over to my cousin’s house after they’d just bought an Xbox 360, and seeing the intro scene for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The sweeping views over the Imperial City were like nothing I’d ever seen before, and from that day forward I was infected with the Bethesda bug.

When Skyrim first came out I racked up 26 hours playtime in the first 36 hours of its release. I used to boast about it in school.

Since that day 8 years ago, I’ve explored every nook and cranny of the world, I’ve installed more mods than I can count, I’ve even role-played every class imaginable. I still kept going back for more.

I’ve spent thousands of hours in that immersive world, and I’d spend thousands more without batting an eye.

Even now, after being game-free for over 7 months, hearing any piece of music from an Elder Scrolls game makes me want to start a new character and jump right back in to that imaginary world of Dragons, Draugr and damned Dwemer ruins.

Getting Back to Basics

Before we dive head-first into this, we need to address the issue at its source. Is your problem with Skyrim itself, or are you just addicted to gaming?

Let me know if any of these sound familiar:

  • Gaming is the dominant activity in your life, and you’re preoccupied with what you’re playing or you’re going to play next
  • When you’re not gaming you’re anxious, irritable, bored or even sad
  • You aren’t satisfied with just an hour of playing. You need to push yourself further and further.
  • You’re not as interested in your other hobbies anymore, just gaming.
  • Do you keep playing games despite knowing they’re having a negative effect?
  • Has gaming significantly affected your personal relationships, school or career in the past?

If so, you might be addicted to gaming, and your problem might run deeper than just Skyrim. Check out these video game addiction signs and symptoms to find out more.

With this newfound knowledge in hand, we can begin addressing the problem.

How to Quit Playing Skyrim: Step-By-Step

When people begin their journey towards a life without gaming, some choose to quit completely and others try to play in moderation.

If you’re reading this article then you already know that playing Skyrim for a few hours a week just isn’t going to work. This might not be easy to hear, but you’re going to have to cut the game out completely.

All your characters, mods, quests, and even the hundreds of dragon bones you’re definitely hoarding in your house. No ifs or buts. The game has gotta go.

But deleting Skyrim and all of your games on Steam isn’t going to work unless we have the proper systems in place. You need to build your foundations first.

Step 1: Why Do You Want to Quit Skyrim?

This is the most important step, and you should spend time thinking about it.

Maybe you’re tired of feeling the way you do. Perhaps you’ve envisioned your life 10 years from now: still depressed and playing video games and it’s been a wake-up call.

Maybe you’re sick of being alone, and want to have a real group of friends.

It might even be as simple as having goals in your life that you know you won’t accomplish if you’re still playing Skyrim 30 hours a week.

The journey of quitting video games isn’t an easy one. It’s full of challenges and even cravings. Having a clear reason why will help you solidify your purpose for overcoming this addiction. It’s something you can look back to when things start getting rough.

Action step: Write down why you want to quit Skyrim. Then, post it somewhere you will see it to easily remind yourself.

Step 2: What is Your Vision?

Now that you know why you want to quit playing Skyrim, let’s figure out what kind of person you want to become.

One of the biggest issues when quitting video games is finding something to fill the void. You need to fill dozens of hours a week with activities that, initially, you won’t find entertaining at all.

The simple thing to do here is to pick a few different hobbies, perhaps ones you’ve wanted to try for a long time, and commit to working on them. You need to find activities that you like, that you like a lot. Remember, you’re trying to compete with video games here.

Sounds daunting, right? The reality is, once you start living without video games things will start to improve rapidly.

You’ll start to see the true beauty of real life, and realize that there’s so much more out there than completing quests and getting new gear.

Once you stop constantly bombarding your brain with happiness-boosting dopamine, you’ll start finding joy in places you never thought possible.

That’s when you start to make real change in your life.

You’re no longer a gamer. You’re a surfer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a climber, a writer, an engineer, a photographer or whatever else you want to be.

Tie these activities in with your ‘why’, and you’re going to be unstoppable.

Action step: Pick and write down three new hobbies you are going to try. Here is a list of 70+ replacement activities.

Step 3: Committing to Quit Playing Skyrim

You have to get honest with yourself. You’re embarking on a journey, and it’s not some level 1 escape-the-sewers quest.

This is serious stuff. You have to make a commitment to yourself, to your friends, and to your loved ones.

You have to decide to quit playing Skyrim. There’s no playing in moderation. You can’t use it as a reward. You will quit gaming cold turkey, 110%.

Make the decision not to touch them at all ever again. And most importantly, you have to mean it. Make the decision to delete your Steam account now.

If you’re not willing to do this, you’re just going to start playing games again, and find one of a thousand reasons to justify it. The excuses stop here.

Action step: Join us on our forum and introduce yourself. Document your journey.

Step 4: Level Up in Real Life

After quitting gaming 7 months ago, my life has changed in more ways than I thought possible.

I became a self-employed web designer, writer, photographer and musician. I’ve even got friends all over the world lifting me up to reach goals I’d only dreamed about.

The biggest change is that I finally feel content in what I’m doing. I’m not suffering from any more mental health problems, I’m working on something I love doing, and I’m actually happy.

For the first time in years I’m genuinely enjoying my life at the moment, and I’ve only just begun. I don’t care how realistic graphics have become. You will never find a more immersive and rewarding video game than real life.

You’ve been through the tutorial, beaten the puberty patch, and now you’re just about to embark on the main quest. There’s an infinite amount of skills waiting to be leveled up, you just have to go out there, and do it. You have to take action.

You’re starting a new chapter of your life, so make it a good one. Create something that you can look back on in 5, 10 or even 50 years and be proud of.

Think about how different your life will be if you make this decision today. How much smarter, happier, fitter, and better off will you be if you start now? Start now.

Need More Help?

Check out Respawn, a program specifically designed to help you quit gaming and take control of your life back. Backed by scientific research, join thousands of others like you who have quit gaming. Start your journey today.

The digital age has changed parenting, and today over 83% of teenagers play video games. So how do you raise successful kids?

We interviewed Jordan Shapiro, PhD and author of The New Childhood:

Shapiro realized that the world his children are living in is much different than when he was growing up.

Their experiences are focused on digital media and he didn’t know how to deal with the issues that arose from that.

This is the first time in history where parents have to raise successful kids surrounded by technology.

So he set out on a journey to research and create the necessary tools to understand an electronic world.

Raise Successful Kids: Step 1

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First, you have to understand technology, video games, and social media. It’s no longer optional to avoid the conversation around screen time.

You need to be able to guide them through this new age and manifest your ethical vision of the world.

You need to get involved with your children and learn how to use the same tools that they’re growing up with.

It’s important to have the right attitude as you walk through this digital landscape to raise successful kids.

Responsible Use of Video Games

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While struggling through a divorce, Shapiro’s children were using video games as an outlet for their problems. But, he had to ensure that they didn’t become dependent on the online world for solutions.

He realized that he didn’t want it to become an escape.

Related: How to Overcome Escapism

To counteract this, he played video games with his kids. It sounds counter-intuitive, but you have to remember that children want to be like their parents.

By playing these games, he was able to control how often they were played and it became a tool to bond as a family.

In the Game Quitters Parent Support Group on Facebook a parent shared the story of how she tried to learn more about video games by playing them herself.

While her son was out she logged onto his account and tried to play. It was a terrible experience. Quickly she was exposed to trash-talk and hate messages for being a bad player.

In order to avoid having your child become addicted to gaming in their formative years,  Jordan recommends starting much earlier in the child’s life.

The sooner you can start to build positive habits the faster they will develop healthy attitudes towards digital media.

This is easiest to do during the phase your children want to mimic you.

Originally Shapiro’s children wouldn’t come to the dinner table when they were asked. But after years of building habits they eventually started changing their attitude.

Now, it isn’t even an issue trying to get them to listen to him. If you try to do this with a 13 year old it becomes much, much harder.

What If Gaming Is Already an Issue?

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If you’re struggling with a game-addicted child become interested in what they’re doing.

Ask them why they’re playing and what’s happening in the game. Ask them to tell you about the decisions they make and how it affects the game.

This helps to shift gaming from an escape, towards being an activity you can talk about as a family. As rapport improves between you and your child, you will be able to start helping them build healthier habits with gaming.

You don’t have to like the game, but there’s a difference between disagreeing with your child and trying to have a genuine discussion with why they like the game.

Need extra help? Purchase a copy of our video game addiction guide for parents.

Parents, PewDiePie and Pop Culture

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There’s a whole world of online media that parents wouldn’t believe existed, even if you showed it to them.

The craze of YouTubers, Twitch Streamers, memes, and much more.

The biggest example of this is the YouTuber “PewDiePie”.

Children are sitting down and watching videos such as his “meme review” almost religiously.

How are you supposed to help your kids if you’ve got no idea what they’re doing in the first place?

Try asking them to tell you which videos they’re watching and why.

Instill a voice of reason in their head, so that you don’t have to constantly tell them to stop.

Raise Successful Kids: Shift Your Focus

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We tend to fixate on how many hours of screen time should my kid have each day? How long have they been playing video games?

You have to remember that it’s not just about hours, it’s about everything surrounding it.

Jordan’s attitude towards his kids has always been that you have to go outside, read books, and talk to real people, and if you can still play games for a few hours after that… then there’s a bigger problem we need to address.

After hearing his child laughing to himself late one night, Jordan wanted to why.

He didn’t instantly shut off the internet as many parents would do. Instead, he asked his child what time he thinks is reasonable to go to sleep.

His son replied 10pm. So Jordan introduced an automatic cut-off for wifi in the house at 10pm each night.

By going through this process, and not being reactive, he allowed his son to make the decision and included him in the conversation.

It stops them from feeling belittled by your choice to talk to them, which only makes them go on the defensive.

A lot of children might feel bad about playing too many video games. It’s your responsibility as a parent to make sure they feel respected, and that they have a voice. Allow them to feel people are willing to listen if there’s a safe space at home to do so.

Be Mindful About Technology

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Research shows kids have more behavioral problems when their parents are addicted to technology.

Shapiro notes that he’s mindful about his own technology in his household, but not necessarily for his children.

Through his actions and decisions, he tells them what they need to be doing and how to have a healthy relationship with technology.

He thinks that these devices are great for connection, efficiency, and developing social skills. But if that pulls him away from being present, that’s when he knows it’s an issue.

Using the example of friends coming over to play, Shapiro states that his children can’t just play video games when their friends come to visit.

They should have real conversations while in-person and they can keep in touch with each other via technology.

To raise successful kids is about being mindful of living in the present moment. It’s about realizing that if your child has a problem, it’s more likely that you have a problem too.

Read Shapiro’s book: The New Childhood.

Worried? Take a short quiz on PUBG Addiction

Before addictive games like Fortnite and Apex Legends, we had PlayerUnknowns Battleground, and “PUBG” addiction.

After its release in 2017 PUBG quickly became by far, the most popular game in the world. Two years later and it still remains a powerhouse in the gaming world.

PUBG Mobile, a free-to-play version of the game, has more users than Fortnite 1 1. PUBG mobile has more downloads than Fortnite’s population – on all platforms × due to its popularity in Asian countries such as India and China.

It has become so bad in India that a 20-year-old boy recently died after prolonged play over 45 days and suffering severe nerve damage 2 2. 20 Year Old Boy From Telangana Dies While Playing The Battle Royale Game × . This has led to extreme measures to be put in place, such as locking users out of the game if they play for more than 6 hours in one day 3 3. PUBG Mobile Testing 6-Hour Daily Limit to Combat Addiction in India × .

The game isn’t showing any signs of losing its player base, and PUBG addiction is as widespread now as it has ever been.

What is PUBG?

  • Rating: Teen due to violence and blood
  • Cost: $29.99/£26.99 or free for PUBG Mobile (both versions also contain loot-boxes)

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS pits up to 100 players against one another in a winner-take-all, kill-or-be-killed battle royale. Where your main goal is to simply outlive the competition.

After being air-dropped onto an isolated island, you’ll have to rely on skill and luck as you scavenge what tools and equipment you can from the surrounding area in order to survive.

Of course, you’re not the only one in this game.

Other players are also searching for the right tools to take you out as well. It’s not just the other competitors you’ll have to contend with, either. The border of the play area sporadically shrinks, forcing players to occasionally sprint to a new section of the map or get trapped out of bounds. 4 4. PUBG - Common Sense Media ×

Warning Signs of PUBG Addiction

Video game addiction is a real mental health condition recognized by the World Health Organization. They have a set of three criteria as warning signs:

  1. Impaired control: Your gamer is unable to control or limit their gameplay.
  2. Loss of interest in other activities: Your gamer’s life revolves around gaming instead of gaming revolving around their life.
  3. Continuing to play despite negative impact: Gaming is causing significant harm to their school grades, employment, or relationships.

These are the three biggest warning signs for PUBG addiction, but there are others as well, such as being deceptive, experiencing withdrawal symptoms, using gaming to escape, or being unable to focus without playing games.

To learn more about the severity of your problem, take our quiz:

Video Game Addiction Quiz for Parents.

The Danger of Loot-Boxes in PUBG

As the mobile version of the game is so easy to get a hold of, it’s possible for children to spend a lot of money on the game unknowingly.

Not long ago a 15-year-old boy stole over $700 from his father’s bank account to buy loot-boxes 5 5. How PUBG influenced an Indian teen to steal Rs 50,000 from his father × .

While you’re able to earn loot-boxes by playing the game, you can only unlock a small number in one week. If you want to open more, it will cost $2.50 to purchase a key. The only purpose of these loot-boxes is to unlock cosmetic items that have no impact on gameplay.

On top of this, you can spend money to level up your character and unlock new dances, weapon designs, and celebrations.

For example, you can purchase a Survivor Pass for $10 (similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass), to level up faster by completing challenges.

Subsequently, you can spend up to $50 at a time to instantly gain levels up to a maximum of 100. There are different price points, but it generally works out at $1 per level.

Research has found loot boxes to be psychologically the same as gambling, and parents should not allow loot boxes to be purchased.

Related: Video Games and Gambling: An Introduction to Loot Boxes, Microtransactions, and In-App Purchases

How to Combat PUBG Addiction

Don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Take action now. Here are a few practical strategies you can implement:

Step 1: Limit gaming. If your son is over 12 years old bring gaming down to two hours or less each day. Require homework and exercise to be complete first before any access is granted. You may find it helpful to create a family screen time contract.

Step 2: Find more activities. Here is a list of replacement activities. Keep gaming from being the only thing they do. Make sure they are spending more time outside in nature, increase their face-to-face interactions, and find competitive outlets such as sports.

Step 3: Improve communication. Stop calling them an addict. Whether they are or not, this only creates more conflict in the family. Remember that rapport creates trust, trust creates leverage, and leverage is required for influence. Spend more time together hiking or doing activities together on the weekends. Consider changing up your communication and parenting styles.

Implement these strategies and they will help you turn your child’s PUBG addiction around. For additional support to help your loved one, purchase a copy of our video game addiction guide for parents and loved ones.

Google has launched their own gaming service: Google Stadia.

google logo transparentThe video game industry continues to grow rapidly and has surpassed the music and film industries combined.

As gaming becomes more accessible, the number of gamers will grow, and so too will those who struggle with video game addiction and compulsive issues.

Last month, Google announced its new games streaming service Google Stadia which is set to launch later this year.

We don’t know much about the service yet, but consider it a Netflix for gaming. Built into your web browser, Stadia will allow you to stream games whenever you want.

While this is an advancement for the gaming industry, it’s terrible news for those who struggle who suffer from an addiction.

It will be hard to keep gaming out of your life.

What is Google Stadia?

Stadia will allow users to play their favourite games with little more than an internet connection and a controller.

The games will be streamed from Google’s data centers around the globe in 4K resolution and 60fps. The service will be integrated with Google Chrome and YouTube.

According to Google’s Phil Harrison; “‘Stadia’ is meant to reflect that it will be a collection of entertainment, which the viewer can choose to sit back and watch, or take an active part in.”

Google is pursuing the community aspect of gaming, allowing users to share their experiences with each other with less friction.

Players can livestream their gameplay footage directly to YouTube. Anyone watching the livestream can then choose to launch that game instantly, without having to download it. They can even carry on from the same point they were watching from.

Stadia is a console built for the YouTube generation.

The Future of Cloud Gaming

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Unsurprisingly, Google isn’t the only major company trying to enter the cloud gaming market.

Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Valve and even Electronic Arts will release their own cloud-based gaming services soon.

Related: Amazon bought Twitch for $970 million dollars in 2014.

Soon you will hear of Project xCloud, Project Atlas, and LOUDPLAY as game companies make an international push to make gaming available to as many people as possible.

For example, India has grown to one of the five largest mobile gaming markets in the world, with over 222 million gamers. However PUBG addiction has become a country wide epidemic.

Should Parents Be Worried?

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One of the biggest issues is that gaming has become normalized. Everyone is a gamer these days.

It’s important as parents to control what games your children play, and to use parental controls within those games.

Is this a foolproof solution to the problem? No. Restrictions like that will always have a workaround, especially as the service will be accessible on almost every computer and mobile device (Windows and Android only).

Until we know more about Stadia we recommend following the principles outlined in our video game addiction guide for loved ones. Tackle this issue before it becomes a problem!

The idea of deleting your Steam account permanently would terrify most people.

Given how much money is usually spent acquiring a huge array of games – 98% of which you’d never play – it’s not surprising.

But, what if you’ve decided that enough is enough.

What if you’ve realised; you’re not most people.

You’ve taken our quiz, you know you’re addicted to games. Well, what now?

One of the first steps you should take into the world of quitting video games is to take away anything that may trigger you into playing.

This can include anything from gaming soundtracks, Twitch streams, Youtube videos, or more likely deleting your Steam account.

It’s much easier to resist the urge to play games if there are no more games for you to play.

In the past, You had to go through the process of using a 10-minute mail account and changing your personal details to something completely random. Thus, locking you out of your account.

While this worked in practice, it was easy to bypass. Either via account recovery or PayPal details.

Fortunately, Steam introduced a super simple way for you to delete your steam account. Permanently.

How to Delete Your Steam Account

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open up Steam.

Step 2: Go to the menu at the top-right, where it says your name, and click on “Account Details”.

Step 3: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on “Delete My Steam Account”.

Step 4: The next page will give you some information on how the process will work.

Simply put, there are 3 steps:

  1. Fill in and send the verification form
  2. Steam will send you a message confirming the process
  3. After 30 days your account is deleted

The hard part is resisting the urge to game for 30 days. If you have no idea what to do, download our list of over 60 hobbies that you can get involved with right away.

Also, there’s a link to the FAQ section of the process. However, I’d recommend not reading it, as it doesn’t provide much useful information, and is more likely to make you change your mind if you spend too long on the process.

Step 5: Finally, proceed to account deletion. You’ll see a form that asks for the earliest e-mail address and phone number on your account. As well as a box for you to write a message in.

Interestingly, I wrote that I had an issue with gaming and needed to get away from it before it destroys my life. When Steam support wrote back to me, they wrote a heartfelt note wishing me the best in life and good luck on my journey.

Whoever is in charge of hiring staff deserves a raise.

Step 6: Once you’re done, hit send and voila! You’re all sorted.

Bonus: Now, remember to uninstall Steam from your computer, and do everything you can to avoid playing again.

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Ever wondered how to quit playing League of Legends?

How many times have you come in from school or work, only to remember that you still need to get your daily reward on League of Legends?

How many times have you gone to get your daily reward, only to lose four games in a row (due to bad teammates) and before you know it… it’s 1am?

Now your assignment is overdue, you’re in a bad mood, and you’re not going to get any sleep anyway, so you might as well keep playing.

Sound familiar?

I’ve lost count of the number of times this has happened to me.

There’s something about League of Legends that keeps you coming back; despite making you feel angry, bitter, and stressed. It’s impossible to ask someone about the game without them mentioning how toxic it is. Not just the game, but the community as well.

You didn’t gank mid at the right time? Didn’t pull blue? Forgot to buy pots when you backed? Be prepared for shouting, insults, and even death threats.

What effect do you think this kind of stimulation is having on your mind?

Do you want to quit video games?

If you want to learn how to quit League of Legends because you’re sick of being angry for no reason, or tired of waking up at 1 PM because you’ve been playing all night, then you’re in the right place.

Typical Advice Doesn’t Work

If someone is overweight, what do people tell them to do? Move more, eat less.

If you’re depressed people say you should eat healthier, sleep more, and do some exercise.

If you want to quit playing League of Legends, what kind of advice do you think you’d get from people?

“Why don’t you just stop playing? It’s not even very good anyway.”

People in that situation don’t understand. They can’t understand.

They don’t know what it feels like to have an urge so strong to play that you can’t resist it even if you try. At the same time, you don’t even know why you have that urge.

You don’t like playing the damn game. It’s not fun anymore. Yet you keep coming back again and again.

My League of Legends Addiction

I kept coming back to League of Legends because all of my friends played it. I didn’t really enjoy the game, but I was good at it.

This led to me playing the game for hours on end, sometimes up to 12 hours a day, despite not having any fun.

I used to justify this by telling myself that I was laughing a lot, and I had always had fun with my friends. But it’s easy to laugh. It’s easy to feel a part of something when it’s so ingrained into who you are.

Even after I decided to quit gaming, my addiction to League of Legends was the biggest hurdle to overcome.

I’d get messages from my friends on Discord saying they needed me to fill in. My favourite positions as well, mid and ADC, to try and entice me.

It worked, eventually.

Initially I quit gaming for 90 days but then I decided to try gaming in moderation. Big mistake.

I was back to playing League of Legends all the time. My mental health declined rapidly, and I ended up sabotaging all of my personal relationships.

So if League of Legends is so hard to quit, how did I do it?

How I Quit League of Legends

In my experience, quitting League of Legends was a lot harder than any other game. As a result, I decided not to quit gaming straight away.

I did what I like to call a ‘Priming Period’.

I would continue to play video games for 30 days, but I wouldn’t play any League of Legends.

After the 30 days were up, I then quit gaming entirely for 90 days.

For me, this was a necessary step.

On top of this priming period I also recommend you do the following:

1. Be Honest

Have an honest conversation with your friends about why you’re quitting gaming. Let them know that you can still be friends, but ask them to stop talking about video games while you’re around.

That goes for Discord, too. Gaming might not be an issue for them, but they should respect your decision.

2. Find New Hobbies

We have a list of 60 activities to replace gaming. There’s a whole world of creativity, adventure, and discovery waiting to be opened up.

You might feel hesitant to start learning some of these hobbies. Perhaps you’re anxious about meeting new people. This is perfectly normal and is something that everyone experiences.

Start small. Commit to one or two new things to try. If you hate it, try something else. But remember it’s going to be a constant struggle to improve, and you’ll have to start somewhere.

3. Take This Seriously

It’s a big mindset shift to make, but a necessary one. You’re no longer a gamer who plays video games. You’re becoming a new person.

If you want to become a musician, a writer, a computer scientist, or whatever. Start telling people that. If you’re going to the gym, don’t be shy about telling people.

People think that playing video games is lazy, but that’s so far from the truth. You’re able to play for hours on end without losing focus. That doesn’t sound lazy to me.

Just imagine what you could do if you channelled that energy into leveling up your own life. You’d become a whole new person after three months, and your old gamer friends still playing League? They probably won’t recognize you anymore.

Start Today

I hope this has given you some ideas on how to quit League of Legends. Use this motivation to become something better.

What would it look like if you got YOUR ultimate? What would it look like if you were the hero you were playing?

Making money, being in great shape, mastering an instrument, or finding love are a lot more impressive to me than a Penta Kill.

You are in charge of your future. Go get it!

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