I did it! I successfully quit gaming for 90 days. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it, but I did and today I had a bit of a skip in my step knowing today was the day. There were eight lessons I learned on my journey that I hope help you be successful on yours.
I started with Hearthstone, discovered Diablo 3, Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends. My brain got hooked immediately to the competitiveness, and sense of purpose I got out of it. What I didn’t know at the time is that I was unhappy in my relationship, and was avoiding this by dulling my mind with gaming.
It all started at around 11 years old, when I fell in love with some medieval strategy games staying at a friend’s house for a weekend. I convinced my dad to buy me one and I started playing on his computer.
Today marks day ninety since I last played a video game. I don’t wanna bore you with the whole story. Don’t wanna bore myself either. Let’s just say that I had gamed a lot before this point–MMOs and RPGs being my games of choice–but it was still pretty casual and mostly a way to avoid boredom. Then League of Legends came into the picture.
It has been 444 days since I last played a video game. I decided to quit playing video games when I realized what I want in life wasn’t going to happen if I continued wasting my time.
After years of missing out on opportunities, enough was enough. Lots of really bad things happened during my early-to-mid 20s, and each painful time I would rely on video gaming to “relieve” myself. Deep down I knew I was just distracting myself.