I denied the bad side effects this addiction had on my life a long time. But it got more obvious day to day.

Every weekend after extensive gaming sessions I got panic attacks, knowing that this behavior leads to nothing and that it did not bring me any step closer to my dreams… to a life fulfilled with happiness and things which I really want to do.

I decided to quit 111 days ago and for the first time in over 10 years, I really feel I have my life back. I feel that I am in charge of my own fate.

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My gaming problems really began when I got into online gaming. I was about 14 years old and I hated school. I hardly had friends, and the ones I did have were quite toxic and not very accepting. Then I found online chat programs like ICQ and gaming communities where I could be myself. Nobody judged me. I felt accepted, and could just be who I was under a new alias. I didn’t want to do anything else but play and be online.

Ironically, during my gaming time, someone in my clan taught me HTML and I started to code a bit. These days I’m a front-end developer, writer, and I’ve traveled to over 20 countries. The online scene that swallowed me whole also provided the tools to get out of it.

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Men are increasingly anxious, depressed, and struggling with suicide. They are dropping out of school and opting out of the workforce, instead choosing to live in a virtual world playing video games and watching porn. A masculinity crisis is on our hands. Are we losing an entire generation to gaming and porn addictions?

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Fortnite is the hottest game in the world with over 125 million people playing worldwide. Not only is it a viral sensation, but it is very intentionally designed to be addictive, and thousands of parents report problems with Fortnite addiction.

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