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Once Gaming Disorder was classified as a real disease by the World Health Organization in 2019, people all around the world were quick to both support and criticize the decision. While this has been great for building awareness, it also results in a lot of misinformation surrounding video game addiction to be spread online.

The official definition for Gaming Disorder is:

a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences

Or, more simply, you might have a problem if you start to prioritize gaming over your everyday responsibilities.

Not sure if you’re addicted to gaming? Take the test:

 

Millions of People Are Addicted to Gaming

Pretty shocking, right? Before I did the research I honestly didn’t expect it to be so high. You might even think it’s a little too high. After all, only 3-4% of gamers suffer from an addiction. However, when you realise that there are 2 and a half BILLION gamers in the world, the number starts to make more sense.

Symptoms will differ in severity dramatically from person to person, and for some people, the problem will be minor. One person may struggle with going to bed late and eating healthy because they can’t stop gaming. Another might be neglecting their children in order to play games for 16 hours a day, never leaving the house.

However, this doesn’t mean one person’s illness should outweigh another.

A lot of people, especially hardcore gamers, are quick to dismiss someone suffering from gaming disorder as having a trivial, or non-existent, problem. It’s not as simple as just turning off the computer. Gaming addicts go through withdrawal symptoms similar to people in recovery for alcohol or drug addiction. Shaking, nausea, tiredness, anxiety, and headaches are all common problems when people try to quit gaming.

As a result, people should be able to get the treatment they need regardless of their situation, As awareness of gaming disorder increases, hopefully, we can reduce the stigma surrounding video game addiction to match.

male vs female gaming

Men Are More Likely to Suffer from Gaming Disorder

What do you think the average gamer looks like? A man in his early 20’s, perhaps a college student? Wrong. It’s actually a woman in her mid 30’s.

Now, I’ll be honest. This might come from the former gamer inside me, but I find it difficult to classify someone that plays 30 minutes of Candy Crush every day as a gamer. But, that’s what the research says, so we’re going to stick with it.

However, while genders in gaming sit at around 50/50, the numbers change dramatically when we look at gaming addiction. According to our figures, over 90% of the people seeking help for gaming disorder are men.

Why is this the case?

A lot of research has been done into the differences between males and females in the world of addiction, but only relatively recently have studies been done on internet gaming disorder.

One study carried out in 2018 by Dong et al discovered that men who play video games experience higher levels of brain activity in the medial frontal gyrus and bilateral middle temporal gyri. This resulted in a higher likelihood to experience cravings for gaming, even after only 30 minutes of playing. 1 1. Gender-related differences in neural responses to gaming cues before and after gaming: implications for gender-specific vulnerabilities to Internet gaming disorder ×

The researchers measured brain activations using fMRI scanning before, during, and after gaming. The subjects also took part in a cue-craving task before and after gaming. These results suggest neural mechanisms for why males may be more vulnerable than females in developing gaming disorder.

Another point to consider is the natural competitiveness of males compared to females, combined with the ability to dedicate 100% focus on the task at hand without getting bored.

In my 20+ years of gaming, I’ve never known a woman that had spent more than 60 hours a week playing video games – week-in, week-out. However, I know a load of guys – including myself – that have done this regularly.

It’s not the case with every man or woman, obviously, I can only speak from experience. But the innate desire to beat other people, to improve, and to challenge ourselves constantly is something I’ve seen repeated time and time again in my male gamer friends.

College Students at Greater Risk of Video Game Addiction

Let me know if this sounds familiar to you.

I started gaming at around 4 or 5, but gaming was never a problem. Throughout my childhood I lived an active life, I had good friends, and I thought of video games as a treat. Once I got to high school, I started to play more, especially online games.

School wasn’t particularly difficult, and as a result, I could get away with doing assignments late and spending more time playing video games. However, once I got into college I no longer had my parents or teachers holding me accountable.

Soon after starting college I became overwhelmed and started using video games as an escape from my problems. I showed signs of depression, I wasn’t sleeping properly, and my diet and gone downhill. It wasn’t long until I would spend the majority of my time gaming in order to get away from my responsibilities.

For a large portion of people in the Game Quitters community, video games were never a problem until university. Sure, the symptoms might start in school. For example, I would spend most of my time at home playing video games. But, because I was still living with my parents I was eating well, I was sleeping okay, and I still saw my friends every day at school.

However, as I mentioned before, once you get to college all of a sudden you’re alone. No one’s breathing down your back to get your work done. No one is coming to save you.

A lot of people aren’t used to this level of difficulty, and so they fall back to what’s comfortable. The one thing that has always been there when they needed it. This is, of course, gaming.

Which, if left unchecked, will inevitably lead to further problems and even result in developing an addiction to gaming.

When we play video games we’re in total control. Nothing can go wrong, and even though we can lose progress, it’s impossible for us to fail. You’ll never actually suffer real-world consequences if you experience a setback in a video game. So, when things become too much in your real life, your brain wants you to get back to the virtual world where it feels safe.

Your brain is actually affected a lot more than you might realise by gaming. Even a small amount of gameplay can cause issues, and not many people really understand this.

Want to know more about gaming’s effect on your brain? Keep reading to find out.

Video Games Are Addictive By Design

Surprisingly, it’s in the industry’s best interests to make as much money as they can.

How do they do that? By making their games as addictive as possible. Or, in their words, “fun and engaging”.

You might think all they need to do is make a great game and the money will follow. If only it were so simple.

In actuality, many companies are utilizing the help of psychologists and addiction experts in order to keep you hooked on their game for as long as possible. They’re implementing game mechanics based on scientific research into addictive behaviours, and doing whatever they can to disguise them as “revolutionary” new features.

Want to know more? Watch the video below to find out, and check out our article on how games are designed to be addictive.

Also, if you’re interested in which video games are more addictive than others, read through our list of the 9 most addicting games in the world to see why some games are more likely to keep you playing than others.

How Gaming Affects Your Brain Chemistry

Have you ever tried to learn a new hobby? Whether you’re currently a gamer, or have recently quit playing, you’ll understand just how difficult it can be.

You start off full of excitement and motivation to improve. You think about all of the things that you can accomplish through this activity, and you love every hour you pour into it.

However, after what might be a day, a week, or a month, you start to lose interest. You don’t really feel in the mood for it or you’d rather be doing something else. Eventually, after missing out on one too many practice sessions, you take part in the hobby for the last time.

What follows is usually a feeling of being disheartened by life. Perhaps you feel like you’re not talented enough to do what you wanted. You feel like a failure.

If you’re a former gamer this will likely result in you experiencing cravings for video games.

But why does this happen? In the past, you found it so easy to take up new hobbies. You didn’t have a problem practising an instrument every day when you were young. So, what changed?

The answer: video games.

You see, humans have a fundamental set of needs that have to be fulfilled. As it so happens, video games are incredibly good at satisfying these needs.

They allow you to experience growth, escape, challenge, competition, and social activity on a level that you can’t find anywhere else. To add to this, if you’re playing games, you’re also becoming accustomed to getting rewards with minimum investment.

When you can pick up a game and be proficient in a matter of minutes or hours, your brain expects the same thing to happen with new skills.

You might think that’s ridiculous. No one can pick up a guitar and master it in a week. But that’s not what your brain thinks.

The only thing your brain is focused on is survival and pleasure with as little effort as possible. It’s always going to choose the path of least resistance.

What do you think your brain will find more enjoyable? Spending 10 hours playing the guitar to learn one song, or beating an entire game’s campaign?

Of course, it’s going to choose to game.

You’ve become so accustomed to the level of stimulation that gaming provides, that when you try to do anything else you’re going to get pulled back to the easiest and most comfortable form of pleasure.

This is why extended periods of gaming for years is so problematic. You’re dissatisfied with your life so you decide to change. However, once you try to do something different, your brain does everything it can to take you back to video games.

It’s a vicious cycle that’s incredibly hard to escape from. But, it can be done.

How to Treat Gaming Disorder

It’s important to remember that no matter what you’re going through, you’re not alone. Millions of people are affected by Gaming Disorder, and more and more of them are coming forward to get the help that they need.

Game Quitters is an online community with videos, a forum, and a wealth of information available for free in our articles.

If you’re looking for something more professional, take a look at our video game addiction therapist directory.

Want some inspiration on what’s possible if you decide to quit gaming? Read through some of our community stories and you’ll soon feel like anything is possible.

Even if you don’t want to quit gaming, you never know how your life might change if you take some time to escape the virtual world.

Interested? Take 90 days off gaming now, and change your life for the better.

How many times have you sat down to get some work done, only to find yourself opening up YouTube and before you know it half the day has gone?

I like to think I use productively, but in reality, I waste so much time on the website it’s almost unbelievable. I tell myself I’m going to just watch documentaries, TED talks or useful videos, but after a couple of days I go back to watching meme compilations and nonsense.

If you really want to be productive and get work done, you’re going to have to stay away from YouTube. What’s the best way to do that? You need to learn how to delete your YouTube account.

When I first did this, while hesitant at first, I saw a huge shift in my productivity. I recommend trying it out, and staying away from YouTube for at least a week and see how your life changes. I guarantee you’ll see a big difference in your focus, productivity, and even your sleep.

 

Prefer to watch the video? We’ve got you covered.

Step 1 – Find Advanced Settings

Log on to YouTube, click your profile in the top right, and head over to “Settings”.

How to Delete Your YouTube Account

 

On the following screen under “Your YouTube channel”, find the “View advanced settings” button and click it.YouTube Settings

 

Step 2 – Delete Your YouTube Channel

Click the “Delete channel” button and you’ll be taken to a confirmation screen.

YouTube Delete Channel

 

Click the dropdown, fill in the checkbox, and hit “Delete My Content”.

Delete My YouTube Content

 

Step 3 – Confirm Account Deletion

Finally, fill in your account’s e-mail address and click the “Delete my content” button.

YouTube Deletion Confirmation

 

Once you’re done you’ll be taken to a confirmation screen. That’s it! Your YouTube account has been deleted.

YouTube Has Been Deleted

 

Just a quick note, it might take a bit of time to confirm your account deletion, but once you see this screen you don’t need to take any further action.

All you need to do now is avoid going back to the website and making a new account, which is much harder than it seems!

 

If you don’t want to delete your YouTube account, I’d recommend at least clearing your YouTube history to give your account a fresh reset without losing your data.

To say Twitch has taken the world of gaming by storm would be an understatement. What was once a fairly unknown streaming platform, has turned into a service regularly used by more than 50% of gamers while they play. Did you know 350 billion minutes of Twitch were watched in 2017 alone?

It’s inevitable, then, that while the majority of people are using the platform effectively, there are some people having problems. I know that once I’m in the Twitch rabbit hole, it’s not difficult for me to spend 40+ hours a week watching live streams.

As a result, I created this guide on how to delete your Twitch account and help you take back control over your free time once and for all.

Prefer to watch the video?

Step 1 – Go to Twitch Settings

Log on to Twitch, click your profile in the top right and head over to the “settings” page.

Delete Twitch Settings

 

Step 2 – Disable Twitch Account

On the settings page, scroll to the bottom and click “Disable Account”.

Disable Twitch Account

 

Step 3 – Confirm Twitch Account Deletion

Finally, just click the button to confirm the account deletion process and that’s it. You’re all done!

Twitch Account Deletion Confirmation

 

The process of deleting your Twitch account is a lot simpler than most programs out there, with no waiting for support or endless confirmation boxes.

What are you going to do with all this free time now that Twitch has left your life? Check out our hobby tool to find out more!

If you described Netflix to me 15 years ago I would have thought you were crazy. On the surface, it seems like an incredible and revolutionary website, and it is.

But, despite all of the enjoyment and ‘chilling’ Netflix has brought us since its streaming debut in 2010, it has been the ruin of productivity and good quality sleep.

Fortunately, there’s a solution. If you’re having trouble keeping off the platform, then you should learn how to delete your Netflix account, so you can start focusing on the more important things in life.

You know, like spending your weekends effectively.

By the way, if you cancel your membership, then Netflix will delete your account within 10 months automatically. However, that’s too long for some people. That’s why we’ve created this guide to cancel Netflix without having to wait almost a year. It does require an extra step, though, but don’t worry. It doesn’t take long.

Step 1 – Cancel Your Netflix Membership

Go to the homepage and click on your user in the top right.

Delete Netflix Account

 

Then, navigate to your account and press the “Cancel Membership” button.

Cancel Netflix Membership

 

You’ll see a confirmation screen, just click Finish Cancellation” and there you go. Your membership has been cancelled.

Netflix Cancellation Confirmation

 

If you want to leave it there, your account will be deleted in 10 months. But, for those of you want to permanently delete Netflix right now, keep reading to see how to do it.

Step 2 – Contact Support

Unfortunately, if you want to get it done as soon as possible, you’re going to have to contact support. There’s no longer an option to e-mail Netflix, at least not through their website, so you’ll have to call them or start a live chat.

Head over to the “Help Centre” by clicking your user in the top right.

Netflix Help Centre Location

 

Then, click on the button at the bottom of the page to “Start Live Chat”. Select the option to tell them what your issue is highlighted in red.

Netflix Live Chat Support

 

Send them a message saying “I want to delete my Netflix account” and then press submit.

Want to Delete Netflix Account

 

Once you’ve done this, support should guide you through the process of deleting your account. It shouldn’t take long, Netflix support is quite robust.

And that’s it. Now that you’ve deleted your Netflix account you can get back to doing all the things you love, like binging YouTube videos and watching one of the billion other streaming services out there.

Reddit is the most addictive social media website – at least for me, anyway. It has a permanent space in my website blocker, and I refuse to go on it anymore out of fear that I’ll waste an entire week scrolling through the front page. Today, however, I had to make an exception to create this guide on how to delete your Reddit account.

Within less than a minute you’ll have finally deleted your account, and can go back to doing things that actually mean something to you. It’s time to become productive again.

How to Delete Your Reddit Account

Step 1: Go to User Settings on Reddit

How to Delete Reddit Account

Simple enough. You can’t delete your Reddit account if you aren’t on the site.

Just log on and navigate over to the “User Settings” area on the sidebar at the top-right.

Step 2: Click Deactivate Account

Reddit Account Settings

No surprises here. The only difficulty you might have is in finding the link. You’ll have to scroll down the page to see it (I zoomed out for the picture).

Click the button that says “Deactivate Account”, and that will cause a screen to pop up.

Also, despite what logic says, on Reddit, deleting your account and deactivating your account mean exactly the same thing.

Step 3: Confirm Reddit Account Deletion

Deleting Reddit Confirmation Screen

Finally, just click the deactivate button and confirm your choice to delete your Reddit account.

That’s it. You’re done.

You can take comfort in the knowledge that you’re no longer going to waste any more time pretending to absorb facts or catch up on the latest memes.

Instead, you can take up a new hobby and transform your life for the better.

Whatever you do, I recommend doing what I did and install a blocker to prevent you from visiting it in the future. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get the urge to scroll through Reddit the next time you’re bored.

Find out how to do that in our in-depth article: How to Stop Wasting Time on Reddit

Thanks for reading!

For streamers it can be a difficult decision as to which platform you should choose. Which live-streaming platform is best, Mixer vs Twitch?

For years, the number one service for live-streaming was always Twitch. But more recently, as the world of streaming has increased in popularity, more competitors are entering the market. It’s no longer just Twitch anymore. Streamers are now looking at Mixer vs Twitch vs YouTube vs whichever new platform wants to have a go at dethroning the big guys.

Twitch has a much greater market share, but that’ll make it hard to get discovered. Mixer has fewer users, but there’s less competition.

As a result, it can become a bit of a headache, which is what we want to help you within this article on Mixer vs Twitch, and help you decide which platform you should launch your streaming career on.

Mixer vs Twitch: Pros and Cons

Twitch pros:
  • Bigger audience
  • Slightly better monetisation options
  • More partnerships with games
  • Intuitive UI
  • Powerful analytics
  • Easy-to-navigate library of on-demand videos
Mixer pros:
  • Instant streaming technology
  • More effective support and moderation
  • Xbox integration
  • Split-screen streaming with up to 3 friends
  • Possibility for your chat to interact with your game
Twitch cons:
  • Difficult to get noticed
  • Controversial moderation standards
  • Lower quality support compared to Mixer
  • More toxic community (trolls, spammers, etc.)
Mixer cons:
  • Robust monetisation system requires partner status
  • Smaller audience
  • Difficult to find older content and VODs
  • Harder to stream from PS4

Even while writing this article, I noticed Mixer are rolling out updates at a much faster pace than Twitch. I will update the article in the future as things develop, but as of December 2019 the information is accurate.

Why You Should Stream on Twitch:

There’s no doubt that it’s is the live-streaming behemoth, but why is Twitch so popular?

Since becoming the first major website to host streaming services for gamers after pivoting from justin.tv, Twitch has constantly been developing, updating, and improving their platform in order to create the best service available on the internet.

Out of the loop? Read: The Complete Guide to Twitch

Twitch Has a Much Bigger Audience

The most obvious reason as to why you should choose Twitch over Mixer is due to its massive viewer base. While it has its cons, which we’ll discuss later, being able to put your content in front of millions more people makes it easier to carve out a niche. Regardless of what you like to stream, you’re likely to find an audience that wants to watch you.

So far in 2019, Twitch has racked up more than 7.5 billion hours watched, and we can expect that number to hit 10 billion by the end of the year. Compare this to Mixer which saw only 270 million hours watched during the same period and it’s easy to see the vast difference in popularity between the two services.

However, it’s worth noting that Mixer’s numbers will likely rise dramatically in the last quarter of the year due to popular streamers moving over to the Windows platform. Also, we’re already seeing a large influx of unique channels streaming on Mixer, while Twitch is on the decline.

lonely streamer

Data is taken from the Streamlabs & Newzoo Q3 2019 Live Streaming Industry Report

It’s Easier to Make Money on Twitch (for now)

While Mixer has some robust monetisation options, some of which are superior to Twitch, a lot of them are available to partners.

If you’re not aware of how it works on Twitch, there are two tiers when you’re a streamer – affiliate and partner. But, what are they and how do they work?

Twitch Affiliate

Becoming an affiliate is much easier than becoming a partner, but with the size of Twitch, it can be difficult to achieve. It requires you to have broadcast at least 500 minutes in the last 30 days with at least 7 unique broadcasts in the same time. You also need to have an average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over 30 days and finally, you need to have at least 50 followers.

When you become an affiliate it will unlock certain bonuses such as:

  • The ability for viewers to subscribe to your channel for $4.99/m
  • Letting people cheer using bits
  • 1 subscriber emote
  • Priority streaming access

Twitch Partner

In order to become a Twitch partner, it’s going to take much longer than it does for affiliation. It’s up to you to apply for partnership, and they take each request on a case-by-case basis.

However, they have some general guidelines in place for streamers to aspire to. These are to stream for 26 hours in the last month on at least 12 different days and average over 75 viewers in the last month. It might not seem like a big step up, but garnering 75 average viewers is no easy feat, and often takes people years of dedication and hard work to achieve.

You do get access to some pretty great bonuses when you reach it, though:

  • Custom cheer emotes
  • Up to 50 subscriber emote slots
  • The ability to run adverts
  • A greater revenue split from each subscription
  • Longer VOD storage
  • Priority support
  • Faster payment

The way these tiers are set up generally makes it quite easy for people to start earning money on Twitch, with huge potential to turn it into a career later down the line.

Mixer will soon be making subscription options available to ALL streamers regardless of their size, as well as embers (their version of Twitch). For now, though, Twitch is just about holding on to the top spot in this Mixer vs Twitch debate.

Twitch Has Better Analytics

This might seem like a small factor, but for a lot of streamers, it’s a very important one. You want to know as much information as you can about who’s watching your channel, how long people are viewing you for, and a number of other interesting statistics.

While Mixer has some interesting features, such as being able to see which games are hot this week which allows streamers to target trending games and potentially market to a wider audience, it still has a bit of way to go in terms of raw analytical power.

mixer vs twitch analytics

Videos on Demand (VODs) Are Easier to Discover

This is one area that Twitch outshines Mixer by quite a bit. The ability to easily find a streamer’s past broadcasts, uploads, highlights and clips make it a much better experience for the viewer. It also benefits the streamer a great deal, too. Having your viewers able to go back and watch all of your streams takes a lot of pressure off you to guide them to the right place.

You can guarantee Mixer will improve their usability if their recent update progress is anything to go by. But right now the edge goes to Twitch. Most likely because they’ve had years of development time to hone their user experience to be the best that it can be.

Why You Should Stream on Mixer

Okay, we’ve covered the pros of streaming on Twitch in detail. But what about the David of live-streaming, how does it compete against the Goliath in this Mixer vs Twitch debate?

Lightning Fast Streaming Technology

When I first tried live-streaming on Twitch, I remember there being a 15-30 second delay between me and my chat. Now that time is down to a few seconds, which is definitely a huge improvement and contributes a lot to the viewer experience.

However, when I checked out the ‘near-instant’ streaming offered by Mixer I was blown away. You’re able to talk in real-time to your chat, or about as close to real-time as you can get, and it’s just like you’re having a conversation with your viewers. You can get feedback and answers as soon as you ask questions, and it really helps to build a connection with your audience – which is crucial if you want to become a successful streamer.

Co-Host Streams With Your Friends

This is a really interesting feature that I wasn’t aware of initially. It’s also something I would have loved to have had access to back in my days as a streamer, especially while racing against my friends.

Basically, Mixer co-streaming allows you to easily broadcast yourself and up to 3 friends’ screens onto your stream. If you’re taking part in a tournament, playing a multiplayer game. or racing against each other then this is an amazing addition to your streaming arsenal.

I think it will only affect a small subset of streamers, but if you’re the kind of person that can put it to good use then it could be a powerful tool for you to help build up your career.

mixer co streaming

Xbox Integration and Playing with Your Favorite Streamers

If you weren’t aware already, Mixer is owned by Microsoft. As a result, it’s not surprising that they’ve made it incredibly easy for people playing on their console to watch and stream their favorite games. At the touch of a button within the Mixer app, you can be streaming to your audience online.

On top of this, one feature I love is the ability to play along with streamers on Mixer through something called MixPlay. If they’re playing a MixPlay enabled game you could potentially have the option to interact directly with their game by giving them rewards or making it more difficult, as well as having the chance to take over their controller completely making for some hilarious (and chaotic) gaming moments.

As more games become compatible with this feature I think there’s a huge amount of potential to be realised, so it’s something I’ll be keeping an eye on in the future.

The Cons of Streaming on Mixer vs Twitch

Hopefully, you’ve got a better idea about the positives of each streaming platform in the debate between Mixer vs Twitch. Unfortunately, neither Twitch nor Mixer are perfect. Each service has its cons, and while they’re not going to have a huge effect on your experience it’s still worth talking about them.

Twitch Moderation is Controversial

It seems like every other day you hear another story about how a streamer has been banned without any violations, yet larger streamers can get away with whatever they want with no repercussions.

As it turns out, there are no real standards being kept in terms of moderation. Each case is handled by a different moderator, and it can be entirely up to them to decide your fate. Even if you did nothing wrong, if a moderator takes personal offence to your violation then they can instantly ban you without warning.

This can have huge effects on smaller streamers that haven’t accessed partner status yet. They can’t contact support and are often left in the dark and shoved into a low-priority queue to get their problem fixed. If you’re considering streaming anything controversial then perhaps you’d best stay away from Twitch for the meantime. Just my two cents.

Difficult to Get Noticed on Twitch

It’s not surprising that with the number of streamers on the platform that if you’re just starting out it’s going to be difficult to get noticed. It’s like picking out a specific teaspoon of water from a lake. You’re just going to blend in with the crowd. The upside of this is that if you do gain traction, there’s a much bigger pool of people that can watch you.

As long as you treat streaming like a business, and don’t expect to just views by turning on your computer and playing, you should be okay.

Mixer Has a Poor Audience to Streamer Ratio

With big streamers like Ninja and Shroud jumping over to the platform, Mixer has seen a huge increase in the number of new streamers on the website. However, the number of viewers hasn’t increased to match.

What this means is that you have too much supply and not enough demand. So, while it’s easier to get noticed, it’ll be difficult to cut a bigger piece of the viewership pie as so many people are vying for competition. This will likely change in the future as more people start using Mixer over Twitch, but for now it’s a problem for potential streamers.

Difficult to Stream from PlayStation to Mixer

This is a pretty minor problem for the majority of people, but there’s no way to natively stream to Mixer from PlayStation consoles. It can be circumvented through the use of a capture card, but for those of you with a PS4 that want to stream, then Twitch is definitely the better option for now.

Mixer vs Twitch: The Final Verdict

With so many benefits to both platforms, you might think it’s difficult for us to recommend a winner. However, in my personal opinion, I think the edge slightly goes to Mixer.

In the short term, you have the potential to gain a bigger audience through Twitch, but with the speed of Mixer’s development and its rising surge in popularity, I expect Mixer to start making much faster progress.

To me, it comes down to Mixer having a better community, an easier startup period for new streamers, faster websites and technology, and more advanced features.

Winner: Mixer.

Next: Should You Watch Gaming Streams?

This article on “How to Develop Self-Discipline” has been adapted from Episode 14 of our Life Unlocked podcast. If you’d rather listen than read, check it out here:


In the world of self-improvement, people go on at length about the importance of discipline, but why? Surely they should talk about motivation, willpower, habits and everything else crucial to success.

It just so happens that at their core, these all stem from discipline.

I hate to break it to you, but when you say that you don’t have the motivation to work or the willpower to stick to something what you’re really saying is:

I can’t be bothered to build self-discipline so I’m just going to accept that I’m lazy and not bother changing.

you, probably

For those of you that want to make real, genuine change in your life, developing self-discipline is one of the most important things you can do.

What Is Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is simply the ability to do something when you don’t want to.

This might involve delaying a reward until you get your work done, ignoring the notification that just came up on your phone, flossing your teeth, or whatever else in your life requires effort.

However, the idea of building self-discipline may seem like an impossible pipe dream for most of you.

How many times have you tried to add a new habit to your routine only to give up after a week, despite being spurred on by a huge burst of motivation at the beginning?

Or perhaps you have a big project due soon and tell yourself you’re going to spend 2 hours every day working on it. When it actually comes to getting it done you come up with some excuse or tell yourself “oh I’ll just do it later or tomorrow.” However, by the time later comes around, you’ve spent the last 3 hours playing video games or spending time with your friends.

Another way of looking at self-discipline is being able to prioritize the right tasks. From there, it’s a case of taking the necessary action to complete them without getting sidelined by distractions.

It means being able to suffer short-term discomfort for long-term gains.

man productivity self-discipline

Why Is Self-Discipline Important

So why is it important that you develop self-discipline? Make sure you read this section carefully and really take the time to internalize it.

If you don’t have discipline you will never be able to change your life. It’s as simple as that.

You’ll constantly go through ebbs and flows of productivity. Every 3 months you’ll start a new project or hobby or side hustle simply because you got bored of your current one.

In reality, you didn’t have the discipline to stick with it. You couldn’t be bothered to get through the difficult first stages in order to reap the rewards later on.

You might think I’m being quite direct, but that’s the point.

I really want to stress the importance of building self-discipline when it comes to improving your life. It’s arguably the biggest factor in determining success in whatever you do.

Read: “How to Develop a Growth Mindset

How People Become Successful

The number one trait of successful people is the ability to make consistent improvements and take daily action.

Someone that improves 1% every day for 2 years is going to be more successful than someone who goes through 3-month cycles of wavering productivity.

I’ve been there. It sucks.

I routinely went through this for over 3 years. I’d get invested into a new skill, such as photography, and I’d feel motivated to become the best damn photographer I could be. Fast forward a few months and I’d be back in limbo. Wondering why I ever bothered in the first place. Then, after another few months of drudgery, something else would catch my attention. On and on it went.

When you do this over a long enough period you start to realize that you’re not just hurting your productivity, you’re actively sabotaging it.

You’re taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. The longer it goes on the more you’ll have to catch up when you finally get your act together.

However, developing discipline isn’t easy. It’s a long journey filled with failure, setbacks, obstacles and challenges. You’re going to have to stare them in the face, break them down, and move on to the next one. Over and over again until you finally make it through.

It’ll probably be one of the most difficult things you ever do.

How to Develop Self-Discipline

What you need to realise about self-discipline is that it’s a muscle.

The sooner you can think of it in this way the sooner you can start training it.

Muscles don’t grow because you’re lifting weights. They grow because they get broken down and torn apart, and when your body repairs itself it thinks “oh hm, that kinda sucked, I should probably make them a bit stronger next time”. Rinse and repeat.

The same holds true for discipline.

The only way you can improve it is to force yourself into situations fraught with discomfort. You need to break yourself down in order to bounce back stronger. Exactly like a muscle.

Unfortunately, this also means there’s no magical shortcut you can take for this. Even if you take steroids you still have to put the work in at the gym.

I would, however, recommend starting small. I’ll give you a few things I did when starting off to instil the practice of building discipline in order to make it as easy as possible at the beginning.

break up with your phone for self-discipline

It’s Time to Ditch the Phone

You don’t have to throw it away. But, in the modern world people are giving up more and more control to their devices. If you need any chance of building discipline you’re going to have to look at your technology use.

I recently discovered that my phone has a digital wellbeing section.

I want you to get your phone out and check how many times you open your phone each day or how much time you spend on it.

Yesterday I spent a total of 3 hours on my phone and opened it 70 times. Which is so much higher than I thought it’d be. A lot of it came from messaging apps like Telegram, Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram.

Can you imagine what kind of effect that’s having on my brain?

It’s going to have a huge impact on my ability to concentrate on important tasks, as the more I do it, the more likely I’ll be to get distracted by my phone. It’s a never-ending cycle.

So how do you stop using your phone less? For me, it starts with little things.

I make sure I don’t pick it up within the first hour of waking up. During the day I put it out of sight in my bag and turn off notifications. I impose restrictions on the amount of time that I can use it, e.g. half an hour at lunch. Finally,I make sure that I don’t use it within 2 hours before bed.

Don’t Take on Too Much at Once

Start with not using your phone first thing in the morning. That alone will completely change your day. Get a dedicated alarm clock so you’re even less tempted to use your phone, and force yourself to not pick it up for an hour. Wake up, go exercise, take a walk in the sun, get hydrated, shower and so on.

Read: “How to Create a Morning Routine

Then over time, you can start to impose greater restrictions such as using blocking apps like Block Site, StayFocusd or AppBlock (for mobile).

It’s all about shifting the control from your phone back over to you.

Remove Distractions from Your Home

If you know something is a big weakness for you, for example, every time you eat dinner you automatically reach for the ice cream, get rid of that damn ice cream.

This applies to everything from TV, food, video games, smartphones and whatever else you find distracting.

If you want to eat less junk food, throw away every food item in your house that’s unhealthy. You won’t be able to indulge in bags of crisps if it’s not there to eat.

The same goes for video games or Netflix. If you have a tendency to come in from work or college, and you know you need to get some work done in the evening, you might consider relaxing for a bit by watching films or playing games.

Which is perfectly natural.

However, how many times does it go from a relaxing break into wasting the entire evening?

Now, if you have a block installed on these for specific times, or better yet get rid of them completely (you don’t actually need Netflix or video games by the way), you’ll be much more inclined to come in and get the work done.

Eventually, when you make this a habit, you can start using those forms of entertainment as a reward.

wasting your time gaming

How to Use Rewards Effectively to Build Self-Discipline

The majority of people are terrible at rewarding themselves. Either they’ll use the wrong reward or they do it too often to have any benefit.

The best way to use rewards is to remove them when you’re just starting out. Why? You need to give yourself time to adjust to having less stimulation.

You’ve been so used to getting instant gratification whether it’s from your phone, video games, or junk food.

Then, after a week or two of working on your discipline, you can start to introduce rewards back into your life.

But that doesn’t mean you can say “I did 1 hour of work today I’m going to have half a cheesecake”.

The best rewards are ones that are going to enrich you.

For example, if I do 8 hours of solid work and get a bunch of tasks done, I’ll let myself spend a couple hours playing music without the pressure of having to worry about working. Or, I’ll go and spend some time with my friends.

You Need to Reset Your Brain

It might seem like these rewards are quite harsh. Seeing friends and working on hobbies should be a part of everyday life. I agree.

However, your brain has become so warped by constant distractions and stimulation that you need to spend time getting it back to normal.

Have a think about what a good reward would be for you.

Something like binging on junk food or getting drunk or spending the day watching Netflix. If you actually take some time to consider them, do they really sound like good rewards?

In the long term, they’re going to do more harm than good, and won’t actually do anything to bring you closer to building discipline.

 

What to Do When it All Goes Wrong

I briefly touched on it earlier, but it’s important to become comfortable with failure and learning how to forgive yourself.

Even with our best intentions, we fall short. It happens. However, it’s important that you always move forward.

If you stumble or hit an obstacle, take some time to acknowledge what caused it and move on.

Learn from your missteps and forgive yourself. Then you can remind yourself why you’re doing this in the first place, refocus your goals, and get back to building self-discipline and really transforming your life for the better.

 

You’ve got this.

Trying to explain the concept of live streaming to anyone that didn’t grow up in this generation is a struggle. I’ve had family members bring up the question of “what is twitch?” in casual conversation.

They likely came across the website on a news story or social media, and every time it happens they have no concept that something like Twitch exists.

Why in the world would anyone spend hours watching someone else play a video game that they can play themselves? Not only that, but when you tell them people donate thousands of dollars to complete strangers on the internet it makes their eyes water.

Whether you’re a complete beginner to live streaming and just want to know more about the website or you’re a seasoned Twitch veteran hoping to find information about something specific, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll go in-depth into everything live streaming. I’ll even be talking about my experience as a streamer in 2018 and why to this day I still have a love-hate relationship with streaming.

Let’s get started.

What is Twitch?

twitch logo transparentTwitch is what’s known as a live streaming website.

Similar to how news crews upload live footage to your TV, people are uploading live footage of them doing everything from playing video games to painting and even eating food.

The website was created in 2011, and since then has rapidly been increasing in popularity.

In October 2013 Twitch garnered 45 million unique viewers 1 1. The ESPN Of Video Games × . Compare that to May 2018, just 5 years later, and the site sees over 15 million daily active users 2 2. Twitch Stats and Facts × .

Twitch has seen a number of iterations and integrations in its lifetime, especially since its acquisition by Amazon in 2014 for just under $1 billion 3 3. Amazon Buys Twitch For $US970 Million In Cash × . This has enabled Twitch to make use of Amazon’s massive infrastructure and services such as Amazon Payments, Prime, and Blacksmith. Although Blacksmith was discontinued in 2018 due to lack of profitability.

Although it was initially touted as a video game streaming service, Twitch eventually diversified their content to include the hugely popular creative category. Twitch Creative is a place for people to showcase their talents in music, art, programming, design and pretty much anything else you can think of.

It would also go on to add IRL (In Real Life) streaming to great success, allowing streamers to bring a new level of personality and connection to their audience.

Twitch Statistics – How Many People Watch Live Streams?

Twitch is pretty popular. But exactly how popular is it, and what kind of people watch live streams? Here’s a list of Twitch statistics gathered from various reports.

Top Games on Twitch 2019

Roughly 40% of gamers are female, however, it’s a very different story on Twitch.

Twitch Demographics
  • Twitch Advertising reports 81.5% of website users are male.
  • 55% of Twitch users are between 18-34, 73% between 18-49.
Twitch Viewership
  • Between 2-3 million broadcasters on the site.
  • 355 billion minutes watched in 2017.
  • The average user spends almost 100 minutes a day on Twitch.
  • 150 million unique viewers each month.
Top Games on Twitch

The latest report by Newzoo listed the most popular games in Q3 of 2019, and it’s quite surprising.

  • Fortnite and League of Legends top the list for the most-watched games on the platform.
  • Taking the #3 spot is World of Warcraft, no doubt due to the release of WoW Classic.

My Experience As a Twitch Streamer

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the article, I thought I’d talk about something I haven’t really discussed a lot on Game Quitters. I’ve mentioned my story in the past, but the few months I spent as a (moderately) successful streamer has been left out.

Back in 2018, I found myself getting hooked on a new rogue-like card-based strategy game. It’s almost impossible to imagine someone speedrunning the game, which is exactly what drew me to it.

I’d never done a speedrun before, but I posted a video on Reddit of me completing the game in around 18 minutes and it exploded in popularity. Soon after, a community of people had appeared around the game, and we were regularly testing tactics, routes, and strategies in order to speed up the game.

That’s when I decided to get into live streaming on Twitch.

Within a month of starting my account, I was regularly getting about 50+ viewers, and I was earning money from subscriptions, bits and donations. If you’re experienced with Twitch you’ll know that getting to that point usually takes years of constant griding. I got very lucky.

You might be wondering why I stopped. Being a Twitch streamer is high on the list of people’s goals.

What I usually leave out of the story was how I had to stay up until 5am to get the American viewers. How my mental health reached an all-time low as I spent 12 hours in front of a screen every day constantly keeping up a facade. I felt like I had a standard to uphold to my viewers, and it was draining.

Not to mention it was also at a time in my life where I was struggling with money and health, it was the perfect storm to put a sour taste in my mouth whenever I think about those 3 months I spent streaming.

However, I strangely miss it. Despite quitting video games earlier this year, I still miss the sense of community and camaraderie that I’d built up. Having people cheer me on and rooting for me. Seeing dozens of people tune in to watch me every time I booted up the stream. I won’t lie, it felt good. Really good.

If I was going to do it again I’d be a lot more mindful about how I spent my time and looked after my daily responsibilities. Streaming became an escape for me, and I think it’s important to not allow yourself to become dependent on the platform. Also, I’d eat a lot less takeaway food.

I’ll write a bit more about becoming a Twitch streamer later on the article, so if that’s something that interests you make sure you read the whole thing.

There’s always one question that crops up whenever I talk about my streaming journey and that’s about why people tune in to watch me play. Which brings me to the next section.

audience watching stream

Why Do People Watch Others Play Games?

48% of gamers say they spend more time watching gaming videos on YouTube than playing games 4 4. The People Who Watch Video Games, but Never Play Them × .

Gamers are no longer people who only play video games, and they spend just as much time, if not more, watching other gamers play on websites like Twitch and YouTube.

To many, this may come as a surprise, but to gamers, it has been a natural evolution and speaks not only to the underlying reasons why people love video games but how they are managing to turn their passion into a legitimate career.

To understand live-streaming you must first understand that gaming is as much a sense of community as it is to play video games. It’s where gamers feel like they belong. Where they feel understood. Streaming takes that to another level providing not only a community to belong to (ex: fans of Ninja, fans of Fortnite), but a live social experience as well 5 5. Streaming on Twitch: Fostering Participatory Communities of Play Within Live Mixed Media × .

For many broadcasters, the game they are playing is just the activity happening in the background, but while they play they are engaged in commentary and interaction with their fans. It’s the same psychology that has driven the social media era with apps like Instagram and Twitter, and why millions of viewers tuned in each week to watch ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, the reality show that propelled the Kardashian’s to superstardom. Fans want to experience the behind-the-scenes, they want to engage, and be a part of the experience. Live-streaming on Twitch does all of that… and more.

Watching other gamers play is fun and passive entertainment. We all have a desire to relax and watching streams is no different than watching the NFL, or tuning into The Handmaid’s Tale on Wednesday nights. We each have our preference and for gamers, that’s streaming.

Finally, a gamer might also watch to learn and improve, as many streamers are professional eSports players and very skilled. You can discover new strategies and tactics by watching them play, and that in turn can help you succeed as you strive to become a pro gamer yourself.

Most Popular Twitch Streamers in 2019

Honourable Mention – Ninja

At one point, Ninja was by far the most popular streamer on Twitch. He was earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, and he even played Fortnite with Drake.

However, the reason why he doesn’t top out list anymore is that in August 2019 Microsoft paid the streamer a crazy amount of money for exclusivity rights on their streaming platform, Mixer. Ninja moving to Mixer was an attempt to bring people over to their new platform, and it worked.

ninja twitch mixer

Since then, another incredibly popular streamer has also made the switch.

Honourable mention – Shroud

Known for being one of the best CS:GO players in the world, Shroud has been among the most popular Twitch streamers for years. With over 7 million followers, it came as a shock to the industry when Shroud announced he was taking the same direction as Ninja and making the switch to Mixer.

It’s impossible to tell how their success on Twitch has transferred over, but it’s safe to say neither of these two streamers is hurting for money. Microsoft is willing to invest a huge amount into making Mixer the best streaming platform on the internet, and the acquisition of Ninja and Shroud is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

shroud esports

#1 – tfue

Tfue, aka Tenney, exploded in popularity after he transitioned to Fortnite and quickly became known as one of the best players in the world. He would go onto win multiple tournaments in a short time, and soon amassed huge numbers of subscribers on his YouTube and Twitch accounts.

Sitting at around 7.2 million Twitch followers he’s currently the most followed active channel on the website.

However, Tenney has been involved in a number of controversies which have included suspensions from both Twitch and Fortnite. Also, more recently he has been caught up in a lawsuit involving his eSports team FaZe.

#2 – myth

Yet another Fortnite streamer to add to our list. Myth, or Ali Kabanni, started streaming on Twitch in 2016 with the game Paragon. It wasn’t until he swapped over to Fortnite during the rise of its popularity did he rise to the level of success that he sees now.

As captain of TSM (Team Solo Mid), one of the most notable eSports teams in the world, it’s easy to see why he has so many followers. A little over 5.5 million of them, to be precise.

#3 – dakotaz

A bit more of a Twitch veteran than most people on our list, having been a streamer on the platform since 2012, Brett Hoffman is known for his relaxed streams and YouTube videos focusing on Fortnite updates and montage videos.

He was a member of Team Solo Mid for a while, before eventually leaving in 2019 to see how things go.

Brett now regularly streams to around 14,000 viewers and has amassed over 4.1 million followers on Twitch.

#4 – timthetatman

Despite not being as much of a household name as streamers like Ninja, it’s difficult to find someone with a more dedicated following than timthetatman. Noted for his charismatic and infectious personality, and working tirelessly for the last 7 years to attract over 4 million followers on the platform, after watching his streams for just a short amount of time you can understand why he’s so popular.

timthetatman streaming

#5 – summit1g

Last but not least on our list is 42-year-old Jaryd Lazar, aka summit1g. Jaryd is a former professional CS:GO player who was a part of the teams A51 and Mythic.

Regularly bringing in over 20,000 viewers to his streams, summit has remained one of the most popular and relevant streamers on Twitch for years. Having started streaming in 2012, he has gone on to attract 4 million followers without selling his soul to Fortnite. Jaryd is known as a variety streamer, similar to Timthetatman, and it goes to show how dedicated his following is when they tune in to watch regardless of what he’s playing.

Can You Make Money As a Streamer?

With millions of broadcasters worldwide, has streaming become a legitimate career choice? That answer is more complex than you think.

Although streamers like Ninja, Nightblue3, Lirik, summit1g, Imaqtpie, Phantomlord, Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, PewDiePie and others make millions of dollars, the average streamer will make very little as competition for subscribers is fierce, and it takes years of dedication to build up a fanbase. Are you willing to dedicate yourself to this full-time for years for the slight chance you might make it? I won’t be the judge of that, but you have to know the odds.

If you did want to pursue becoming a professional Twitch streamer, there are a variety of ways to earn income, including from subscriptions, Twitch bits, donations, affiliate marketing, partnerships, sponsorships, and personalized merchandise, amongst others. On YouTube, you can also earn money from advertising revenue. Although being a professional streamer on Twitch or YouTube is now possible, it should only be pursued with immense caution and focus.

Regardless of the difficulty in becoming a pro streamer, gaming is no longer just about the act of playing video games, it’s about the industry at large. From professional gaming (eSports) to live-streaming, to festivals and cosplays, gaming continues to expand quickly, entering the mainstream and is on the cusp of taking over the world.

The Future of Live Streaming

future of live streaming

By 2021, it’s estimated that live streaming is going to be a $70 billion industry 6 6. Importance of Live Streaming × . While this number includes services such as YouTube, Netflix, Instagram along with other big names, Twitch will undoubtedly play a huge part of the industry. It’s currently the 13th most popular website in the United States 7 7. Twitch Statistics in 2019 × .

I believe we’re only just scraping the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of live streaming. The rapidly changing world of technology is opening the doors to integrations that would have been impossible to conceive of in the past. Most notably, the introduction of virtual and augmented reality will bring about huge revelations in the industry.

I’m both excited and concerned for the future of streaming, as there’s no doubt going to be issues raised regarding the mental and physical health concerns that might come about from young people spending an increasing number of hours sitting in front of screens.

If you’re one of these people, check out our guide on how to delete your Twitch account.

 

What is instant gratification and why is it a problem? Continue reading or skip ahead with the table of contents.

Instant gratification has a number of definitions, but I prefer the one from entrepeneur.com:

Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay.

In today’s world, we’re obsessed with constantly needing stimulation.

Whether it comes from social media, watching Netflix or just playing video games. They’re all part of the same problem.

If you think about it, this is the first time in history we’ve had instant access to dopamine delivery systems as potent as our smartphones. In the past, you had to put in a lot more work before you got your reward.

People were bored, and out of this boredom grew creativity and passion and hard work. Now it’s so easy for people to escape boredom whenever they want that it has completely changed the way we operate.

Gone are the days of searching for solutions. Everything we need is right there in our pockets.

Social connection? Check.

The answer to every question? Check.

Have food brought to our door? Check.

Escapism? Check.

Even something as basic and primal as sex can be fulfilled to some extent in the form of an endless wealth of pornography.

By the way, if you’d like to listen to the podcast episode for this article while you read, you’re in luck. Use this handy player to keep reading uninterrupted:

Why Is Instant Gratification a Problem?

There’re a number of issues that arise as a result of prioritising instant over delayed gratification – we’ll get into delayed later on – but we’ll try to cover the main ones.

Problem #1: Decreased Attention Span

I don’t know about you but this is something I’ve noticed in myself ever since smartphones became popular a decade ago. Even something as basic as reading a short article or watching a 10-second ad has become much more difficult.

As a society we’ve trained ourselves to want everything instantly, and anything that challenges that causes problems.

You see it all the time with YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. If you scroll through your feed and a video doesn’t capture your attention within the first 5 seconds, you’re not going to pay it any notice.

When a short ad pops up in the middle of a Facebook video, my first instinct is to close it. I’d rather miss the rest of the video than watch an advert, no matter how short it is.

It’s not just the fault of smartphones, however. My years of gaming have definitely played a part.

The barrier to entry is very low in video games. You can pick one up and within hours you’ve got a pretty good grasp of how it works.

You’ve been trained to become an expert in something with as little work as possible. When in reality, as we know, it takes discipline and hard work to become adept at a skill.

Problem #2: Lack of Focus

lack of focus

This ties into what I mentioned earlier. When you’ve been accustomed to getting big results with minimal exertion, focusing on a new skill becomes much more difficult.

When people quit gaming, we recommend they take up new hobbies to fill the time. However, almost 100% of them struggle to focus on these hobbies for long.

The fact of the matter is, your brain hates being a beginner. It’s so hard starting from square one.

When you try to focus intently on a hobby or skill, and you don’t get anything in return, your brain is going to start screaming at you.

Just go back to gaming. You’re good at that. What was the point in quitting in the first place…

your brain, probably

Problem #3: Losing Interest In Your Passions

Within the space of 1 year at university, I’d gone from a musician playing festivals and recording an album to not touching my guitar for 3 years.

I was a passionate photographer, and I didn’t pick up my camera for over 2 years.

You might be seeing a common theme running through these problems – your brain.

Everything you do is controlled by your brain, and if your brain finds gaming more interesting than your hobbies it’s going to prioritise that.

From its perspective, why wouldn’t it? It doesn’t care about the mental and physical toll of spending your waking hours devoted to gaming. Your brain isn’t interested in learning a language or playing an instrument. The thrill of earning achievements on a video game and being able to play a new game is exactly the same to your brain.

However, the difference is that one of them requires much more effort. Naturally, then, it’s going to choose the easiest path.

As a result, your old passions become pointless. Gaming fulfills every need and more. Why should it diverge from something so perfect?

How to Break-Free from Instant Gratification

If you’ve never done anything like it before, going from 0 to 100 is near impossible.

It takes a long time for your brain to reset itself and function at a normal level of pleasure and to seek reward in a healthy way.

Something we stress a lot at Game Quitters is that without the proper awareness you won’t be able to achieve long-term success.

I want you to do something for me.

The next time you feel the urge to get some instant gratification from your phone or computer, try to catch yourself and take a few moments to think about how you’re feeling.

Why exactly are you trying to escape from?

Are you bored? Did you get a notification? Worried you’re going to miss out on something important?

Once you can train yourself to become more aware, you can start working out why you can’t resist that quick fix.

Then it’s just a matter of finding new activities to fulfil those same needs.

After you do this, you’ve made it through the simple part.

The next problem is learning how to build the discipline to see you through.

How to Be More Disciplined

It’s all well and good choosing some activities. However, when you go to take them up you are going to be bored out of your skin.

You’re not going to want to do any of them to start with. It really is going to suck.

If you’re doing the 90-day gaming detox, you really need to push yourself to pursue these activities with the same passion and determination that you put into gaming. The same focus. The same mindset of constantly challenging yourself, growing, and finding new avenues and opportunities to learn.

Related: How to Develop a Growth Mindset

The harsh truth, when discipline is concerned, is that it’s all on you.

No one else can do it for you. You can’t take a magic discipline pill and make everything normal.

Discipline is something you either are or you aren’t.

I’d recommend listening to Jocko Willink’s podcast for more on this. The idea that something is 1 or 0. There’s no in-between.

However, let’s see what you can do in the meantime until you develop an iron mind like Jocko.

How to Put Your Phone

put down the phone gratification

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make this journey a little easier.

I’d recommend taking a break from social media. Just make a post saying you’re taking 30 days off, and then delete all the apps on your phone.

It’s as simple as that.

You’re not going to miss much while you’re gone, and you can still have people get in touch with you via WhatsApp.

Once you’ve done that, you should put a blocker on your phone and laptop. My personal favourite is Block Site on Chrome, as it syncs to your mobile.

Block every app that could make you want to open a tab and waste your entire evening.

In my case, these apps/websites were:

  • Reddit
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Steam
  • Twitch

I now use a number of these for business, but during that initial detox period while you wait for your brain to reset, getting rid of all distractions is key.

How to Create SMART Goals

You don’t have to think too big to start with. As long as you have some concrete goals in place, you’ll be 10x better off than without them.

SMART simply stands for:

Specific.

Measurable.

Attainable.

Realistic.

Time-sensitive.

It’s a common method of goal-setting that will really help you follow through on what you want to achieve.

For example, you might want to start playing the piano when you quit gaming in college.

But, having the goal to “play piano” won’t be taken as seriously as “within 3 months I will be able to play Clair de Lune by Debussy.”

See the difference?

“I want to learn Spanish” VS “I will take 2 Spanish lessons every week and pass the B1 conversational level test within 6 months”.

Use this framework to set some goals of your own. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do since you were a kid, this is the place to put it into writing.

If you have absolutely no idea what you want to do, that’s OK. Take some time off to have a think. Start small. What’s a project you could launch? What’s a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn?

Action Step: Spend some time writing down what you want to achieve after you finish this detox using the SMART goal formula.

This step might take the most time out of all of them. But, as we said, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

In a months time, you might even find yourself wanting to do something completely different.

All that matters is you hit the ground running. The easier you make the start of this journey for yourself, the more successful you will be.

A failure to plan is a plan to fail.

If you start without any clear directions of what to do, you’ll spend your time watching YouTube or mindlessly browsing the internet.

Now’s the time to shape your future.

How to Find New Hobbies

No more half-assing. Okay?

From this day forward you’re going to devote 100% of your passion into whatever skills you decide to take up.

If you don’t feel like picking up your guitar and learning chords – tough. You’re going to force yourself to do whatever you set out to do.

You’ve set these goals so you’re going to follow through with them until they’re done.

Then once you achieve them? You’re going to set new goals and repeat the process. Building that mindset of constant growth is the single most important part of this journey.

If you’re not growing, you’re either stagnant or shrinking.

That’s not to say you can’t take days off. I don’t subscribe to the 16 hours a day hustle mindset. However, you do need to force yourself to never be content with who you are.

If you can improve yourself 1% every day, within a few years you’ll be exactly where you deserve to be.

Change Up Your Environment

Last but not least, I want to talk about how important your environment is in shaping your success.

This includes everything from the friends you talk to, the places you spend your time, and your living environment.

Whenever someone comes to Game Quitters complaining of cravings, the first thing we tell them is to change location. If you’re in a place that makes it impossible to indulge, then it’s impossible for you to do it.

This is much more applicable to gaming, where you can remove yourself from wherever your games are. But, how do you this when you can’t get off your phone?

It’s simple really. Leave your phone at home.

Unless you’re going somewhere you’ll need it, then try going out for a walk without your phone every once in a while.

Chances are, you’re not going to need your phone on a 20-minute walk.

(However, I wouldn’t recommend doing it every time you go out for obvious reasons.)

It’ll give you some time to reflect, build awareness, and think about exactly why you were about to reinstall Instagram.

you got this instant gratification

Now it’s over to you.

You’ve got the knowledge and a solid foundation with which to start taking back control.

Instant gratification affects everyone. Especially in the modern world.

But, if you can learn to overcome it you’ll be putting yourself miles above 99% of the world.

You’ll have intense focus, deep passions, and iron discipline that Jocko would be proud of.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to start, check out our Respawn program. It’s designed for people exactly like you. People that want to change their life, and want to build themselves into something they can be proud of.

As always, thanks for reading. Until next time.

Peace.

What are the most addicting games in the world? Here is our a list of the top 9:

Some video games are more addicting than others.

I couldn’t see myself spending more than a few hours on something like Solitaire, but if you put me in front of Dark Souls then it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

At Game Quitters, we see the same names pop up over and over again when people are talking about the most addicting games. There’s a list of 9 games that cause more problems for gamers than anything else.

When you see the list you’ll understand why.

Modern video games are a far cry from the games of old. They’re no longer just intended to provide a few hours of entertainment. Gaming companies know exactly how to keep you hooked.

They understand how often to reward you, how to tailor their game to specific people, and how to extract as much money as possible from their players.

Video games of today are quite literally designed to be addictive.

They fulfil so many of our basic human needs such as social connection, escape, growth and challenge. Nothing else in the world accomplishes this as effectively as gaming.

In our list of the most addictive games, we’re also showing you which needs you’re fulfilling in them. This should help anyone that wants to be less reliant on gaming to help them overcome their problems.

So, if you know that you struggle with a video game addiction but don’t want to quit entirely then make sure you stay away from these 9 addicting games.

List of Most Addicting Games

list of most addicting games

Fortnite

Type of game: social, challenge, competition, free

Going from unknown to worldwide sensation within a year cements this game at the top spot on our list. Children are so addicted to Fortnite that it’s causing panic in a generation of parents that have no idea how to cope.

Related: Parent’s Guide to Fortnite Addiction

People are losing thousands of dollars to oblivious kids, children are wetting themselves to keep playing, and throwing tantrums if they can’t play their beloved Fortnite.

With over 250 million players worldwide, $200 million monthly revenue, and a booming eSports scene it’s safe to say this game isn’t going anywhere soon.

Although, there are signs that fewer people are playing the infamous Battle Royale. Perhaps a Fortnite-free future isn’t as far away as we think?

League of Legends

Type of game: social, challenge, growth, competition, free

Ah, League of Legends. No other game has quite the same effect on me as this one. I can go from loving it to wanting to emigrate to a remote island in a heartbeat; just to escape its toxic community and incessantly addictive gameplay.

So much so I wrote a guide on how to quit League of Legends. We have a lot of people at Game Quitters who decide to continue playing games, but find their quality of life improve 10x just by cutting out LoL.

But what makes League of Legends so addictive?

After seeing countless people talking about it, I think I’ve finally come up with a pretty good answer to this question.

When you start playing the game, you’re terrible. The idea of last-hitting and ganking hasn’t even approached your radar yet. But, as you slowly learn the mechanics and becoming familiar with each champion something starts to change.

Gradually, after hours of practice, you start to enjoy it. Maybe you landed a game-winning skillshot or successfully defended your base against a 5-man push and earnt a pentakill…

Whatever is, you start to see yourself grow. Within months your skill level has improves dramatically, and you start pushing your way through competitive ranked matches. You might start up a team with your friends, or join one online. All of a sudden you’re not socially connected to the game. After 6 months or so you’re hooked.

It’s a deadly combination, that has turned League of Legends into the most popular game in the entire world. The only reason it’s not top of our list is that Fortnite has taken over an entire generation of children in 1 year. Which is, although worrying, inarguably impressive.

Despite this, you can’t deny the game is incredibly toxic. It’s bad for your mental health, and I firmly believe that unless you’re able to limit the time you spend playing it, then you shouldn’t be playing it at all.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)

pubg addiction

Type of game:social, challenge, growth, exciting

When PUBG got released back in 2017, it took the world by storm. It quickly became the most popular game of all time while it was still in beta, and still sees huge numbers of people logging in to play every day.

However, it wasn’t until the release of PUBG Mobile that the brand got taken to new heights.

Being one of the most-played games in Asia, the popular app is bringing in almost $5 million dollars a day. That number is only going up.

When you start up PUBG, it’s difficult to see why this game is so addictive. The controls are clunky, the graphics are okay, and to top it off it costs more than every other game on the list.

But, similar to League of Legends, the game starts to shine as you get better and play with friends. Some of the most hilarious moments I’ve had in my gaming career have come about in PUBG. The oftentimes buggy nature of the game just adds to this. It’s also the reason why I got banned by my friends for driving a motorbike in the game. If you play you know what I mean.

Related: Parent’s Guide to PUBG Addiction

The game also comes with its fair share of adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping moments. Hearing an enemies footsteps as they’re scouting out your building. Or, you’re down to the final encounter, a 2vs2 in a field as the play area starts to close in around you. You finish the game and you feel physically drained. You might even be sweating.

Without hesitating, you and your friends throw yourself straight back into the action.

It’s really something you have to experience yourself to fully understand.

That being said, it’s crazy addictive. The social aspect combined with competition and growth comes together to create a game that’s sometimes impossible to put down.

PUBG addiction is a very real thing, especially in Asia. We hear stories every week of people losing their lives, and has become so bad that many countries are choosing to ban PUBG outright.

There’s no doubt it deserves a spot on our list of most addicting games.

World of Warcraft

Type of game: social, escapism, immersive, growth

I don’t think any game on our list has had quite the same impact on gaming as World of Warcraft. The only reason it isn’t higher up is because it no longer pulls in the same number of players as it did in its heyday. Although, with the recent release of WoW classic they saw a huge surge of returning gamers.

World of Warcraft provided an entirely new experience when it hit the scene in 2004. It allowed levels of immersion, social connection, and constant growth that had never really been attempted before. It truly defined the MMO genre.

Even today in 2019, WoW is used as a benchmark to compare new MMO’s to.

The founder of Game Quitters, Cam Adair, struggled with World of Warcraft addiction more than any other game. You can listen to his story here:

With over 12 million regular players in its prime, and however many millions coming back for the return, World of Warcraft remains one of the most popular online games even today.

Minecraft

Type of game: social, immersive, growth, creativity, accessible

Yet another industry-changing video game for our list – are you seeing a trend? Minecraft may be single-handedly responsible for a new generation of engineers and architects.

This game allowed tens of millions of people to unlock their creativity, and explore the far reaches of their imagination on an unprecedented scale.

The game has gone through a number of peaks and troughs in terms of popularity. With the rise of YouTubers such as Sky and BlueXephos skyrocketing to worldwide fame early on in the game’s release, we’re now seeing the game reach new heights 10 years on with people like PewDiePie creating a new wave of Minecraft fans.

As of writing, it’s currently the best-selling game of all time with over 175 million copies sold. One reason for this is the game’s accessibility and appeal to both younger and older audiences. The game can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and it’s incredibly easy to get started.

That doesn’t mean it escapes the label of being addicting for so many players around the world. The combination of social connection, immersion, and its ability to capture the attention of young people so easily makes it a breeding ground for addiction.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the over-stimulating nature of video games. When you realise that the game is being used in classrooms, this concern starts to become more valid. I think gaming can have a place in education, it just needs to be done in a safe and responsible way.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Type of game: immersive, escapism, endless, growth

Games such as Skyrim were particularly addictive for someone like me. The greatest need I fulfilled through gaming was the need for escape. I wanted to get away from the struggles I faced in my real life, and Skyrim was the perfect place to do that.

When it was released in 2011, it completely changed my life. The graphics, world, and story was like nothing I’d experienced before. I think I racked up 24 hours of playtime in the first 32 hours of its release. Which, looking back, is staggering to me. Years later, when I was struggling with depression in university, Skyrim became my go-to game.

With more mods than I could handle, the level of immersion and realism I could achieve allowed my Skyrim addiction to reach new heights. It’s one of the most cited games in our community and in the StopGaming subreddit for the cause of people’s relapse, and it’s easy to see why.

When you can get lost in games such as Skyrim, it allows you to create an entirely new life for yourself. You’re in control, you have total power, and nothing can go wrong. It’s no wonder then that people who have a tendency to run from their problems, whether it be lack of social life, confidence, or passion, find an easy escape in Skyrim.

Related: How to Quit Playing Skyrim

Clash of Clans

Type of game: free, social, mobile, growth

I can almost hear the collective groans from here in Thailand. It also isn’t the only mobile game in our list, if you’re one of the people that refuses to acknowledge mobile gaming as real gaming.

However, with the massive explosion of smartphones and their integration into our everyday life, it was only a matter of time before people found themselves addicted to games on the small screen.

While mobile gaming can be great for wasting a half hour or so on your commute, the current state of mobile games is in shambles.

The industry has transformed from fun minigames to developers seeing how far they can milk their players for as much money as possible. There really is no justification for the sheer number of tactics the industry is using to keep people playing for longer, except to get more money.

It’s hard to point a finger at video games and say “you’re addictive”, but we can firmly say that it’s the opposite when mobile gaming gets involved.

There’s an endless number of stories from people who have lost thousands of dollars on microtransactions. Whether you’re 4 or 40 doesn’t matter – Big Gaming doesn’t discriminate.

They even go as far as having specific names for people that spend a lot of money in their apps. Want to have a guess what it is?

Whales.

All you are is a big fish on a hook, and their only concern is how they can keep you biting for more.

If you haven’t seen it yet you should definitely watch this video at a mobile game developer conference to learn all about ‘whaling’:

It really is eye-opening.

This turned into a rant about mobile gaming, instead of actually talking about Clash of Clans. But, you get the idea. Here are some facts to finish off with:

  • Total earnt since 2012: $6.4 billion
  • Over 600 million players since its launch
  • Earns over $2 million a day
  • Most money spent in-game by one player: $1m+

Path of Exile

poe addiction

Type of game: social, endless, escape, growth, challenge, free

I might start sounding like a broken record soon, but Path of Exile is my personal poison when it comes to addicting games.

When I first discovered this game I hated it. I thought it was clunky, boring, and pointless. Fast forward a couple of years and it soon became my most-played game of all time.

What makes this game addictive is its use of seasons, or leagues. This isn’t an uncommon mechanic, Fortnite is another game that makes great use of it. However, for those of you unaware as to how PoE works, the game is impossible to complete in those 3 months.

Being an MMO, the majority of your time is spent in the ‘endgame’. The actual story takes around 6-10 hours to complete. Inside this engame, there are multiple completion goals you can aim for, such as defeating specific bosses, or you can just explore the league mechanics.

On top of this, the game features the most ridiculous skill tree you’ve ever seen (no seriously just look at this) and offers an endless number of class combinations and customization available to you.

Everything resets after these 3 months; your gear, your money, your characters. Everything. So you’re forced to go through exactly the same thing every time a new league comes around. But it never gets boring.

A quick Google search for Path of Exile addiction shows that it’s not an uncommon problem. On top of this, the game features an extensive microtransaction store as well as a number of loot boxes. This has caused some players to request their account have purchases disabled due to their addiction to gambling and collecting getting out of control.

PokemonGO

Type of game: free, social, mobile, accessible

The last game on our list, but no less deserving of a spot than any of the others. I don’t think anyone expected PokemonGO to be quite as popular as it is.

Despite only being 3 years old, it’s now the most-played mobile game of all time. On top of this, it also set the record for the highest-grossing first month in mobile gaming history, generating over $200 million for its creator Niantic.

What made Pokemon Go so popular?

It was due to a number of factors, but most importantly it was a free-to-play game that made use of the already massively popular world of Pokémon. If you grew up with Pokemon games, then there’s no doubt you’ve dream about becoming a trainer or living in the Pokemon universe.

This game turned that dream into a reality.

You can explore the real world with your friends, catching and training Pokemon, and subsequently battling them with each other.

While the game has been very successful in getting otherwise inactive people to get outside more (players have walked over 20 billion km in total), it hasn’t been without its share of criticism.

For example, one source states that almost 300 crimes in the UK were linked to Pokemon GO in its first month of release. Its been a point of concern for children that might have a tendency to wander off and get lost or find themselves in dangerous places. However, is that really much different to what it was like growing up before the 2000s? We were out all the time without a problem.

Regardless, what may seem like a harmless game has been the cause of a number of stories of addiction. Someone has even written a book about Pokémon GO addiction!

Whichever side you choose to argue on, there’s no denying that Pokemon GO’s massive popularity and addicting nature lends itself a spot on this list.

Are You Addicted to Gaming?

Video game addiction may seem ridiculous – why don’t people just stop playing?

In reality, for some people, it’s impossible to put them down. When they stop playing they’ll suffer the same withdrawal symptoms, both physical and mental, that you see in more traditional addictions.

The reality is that video game addiction, or gaming disorder, is very real. It was fully realised by the World Health Organization as a disease in 2019. Here’s their exact definition:

Gaming disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

But, how do you know if you’re addicted or just playing too much? Fortunately, we’ve created a quiz for gamers to determine whether or not they have a video game addiction.

Take the video game addiction test

Generally, the red flags you should be looking for are:

Being irritable or moody when you can’t play
Constantly needing to play more and more (“it’s never enough”)
Losing interest in other activities (e.g. sports, exercise)
Being deceptive (e.g. stealing money to buy things in-game)
Jeopardizing school, work, and/or relationships (in order to game)

If you’ve noticed some of these warning signs in your own life, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

If you’re serious about changing your life, a structured guide created by experts is the way to go.

The people that try to hunt for shortcuts, like most gamers, don’t do anywhere near as well as those that take the long way.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

marathon runners finish line

The first thing you need to internalize is that trying to quit gaming is a journey. It’s a journey full of hurdles, barriers, and difficulties that you’re going to need to overcome.

You can’t stop playing video games and expect it to be plain sailing for the rest of your life.

You’ll have cravings, social pressure, boredom, and a whole host of issues to deal with.

For example, I first quit gaming about 5 years ago. Sometime during my second year of university. However, it wouldn’t be until this year that I finally quit for the last time. I went through countless relapses, bouts of depression, and failures before I overcame it.

Related: How to Quit Gaming in College: The Ultimate Guide

That’s not to say that your experience will be the same.

Some people stop gaming easily, and others will find it nearly impossible.

The majority of the time, it’s down to having a poor mindset.

If you want to learn how to build a winning mindset, level up your life, and take back control then our Respawn guide is for you.

It features over 70 pages of amazing advice as well as worksheets, videos, and interviews. All for less than the price of a new game.