Updated on March 12th, 2019
The rising internet penetration worldwide has its own set of pros and cons. Today’s millennials are the most plugged-in generation, and online gaming addiction is one of the commonly reported consequences because of the excessive use of internet.
Is your online gaming addiction taking over your life?
Online gaming addiction has become the fastest growing process addiction over the past two decades. Continued play creates real life problems such as relationship difficulties, vocational issues, health related complications, and in extreme cases, legal troubles or death from exhaustion or dehydration.
Are you also addicted to playing online or video games?
Here are four tips on how to break the habit and how to de-addict yourself from online gaming.
1. Time Yourself
The problem in the online gaming world is that there are virtual friends and competitors available 24/7. Compulsive “gamers” play to the exclusion of other interests or activities, even meals are skipped.
If you think of it how much precious things you could be doing with your time instead of meaningless unproductive hours and hours into playing online games, you’ll start realizing to re-orient and focus on other brilliant activities in your life.
2. Set Limits for Yourself
Setting a time limit for yourself to play a game using a timer helps a lot. Always set a specific number of hours to play games per day. Once that timer goes off, you must stop playing. Even if you don’t stop as soon as the timer goes off, it’ll still make you aware of how much extra hours or minutes you’ve spent playing that day, and awareness is key.
3. Start Choosing Games Wisely
If you’re having a hard time stepping away from these kinds of games, shift your focus to games that are more pick-up-and-play so you can play in short bursts and not feel like you’re missing out on anything when you set down the controller.
4. Start Playing With Family And Friends, Not Alone
It’s time to bring your family and friends closer, if you really want to beat your gaming addiction. It is worth inviting family and friends to play video games with you, or go to their house. Playing games with family or friends will not isolate you in the gaming world, and this can bring you closer to family members, and allow you to gradually overcome your addiction over time.