Video games are so common in this generation. They are available everywhere in every platform from mobile phones into a supercomputer designed for gaming. Almost everyone plays games. A study shows cumulatively gamers spent $21.53 billion for this industry and billion hours of gaming activities per month. The average gamers are 31 years old and they have played video games for 14 years. Including me.
I have played video games myself since I was seven when a cousin of mine showed me this fascinating handheld GameBoy. Since then, I have played numerous video games in consoles, PCs, and mobiles. Seemingly unstoppable, my interest turned into a hobby, and hobby transformed into addiction.
I used to experience the worst point. I remembered how I spent nights in the game center during my study days at a university, playing a dangerously addictive online game with few friends. It was literally from dusk till dawn. I saw my study report dropped, only had few friends and barely involved in student activities.
Until 2015, I worked a corporate job. Still, I can’t abandon this online game. I worked at day and playing games at night, spending approximately 10 hours in the office and 5 more hours playing the game. I knew I was really tired, barely had a time, and low-quality sleeping time. My consciousness told me my life was a mess and difficult to manage.
Luckily, I could stop this terrible habit in a long process. I stopped playing the online PC games and switched to the offline. Several months later, I stopped playing all PC games and switched to mobile games. Until the beginning of this year (you can call it a new year resolution), I decided to erase all game apps in my phone and tried to live without games. It only several weeks, yet I feel fine, better to be precise. I knew I have moved on and have a better life.
The Video Games Verdict
From years of playing experience, here what I found in playing video games:
- Killing your time. I know some people killing their times while waiting or when they are bored. Killing time is the most absurd supposition. Time is the most valuable resources. Not just a cliché. Why should we throw away our most valuable resources?
- Excessive consumption. For me playing a game is an act of consuming. The more we get deeper, the more we consume. On the other hand, most game developers only want to gain a huge profit. How much money you spend on hardware? The in-app purchases? Buddy, they steal our money.
- False happiness. For years of playing, I realised the attempt to fulfil the desire for happiness and enjoyment through playing (video) games is in vain. They are insatiable. Because games are virtual, our happiness is virtual too.
- Increase the stress level. I found myself stressed and swearing more often the more I play. The more advanced the games are, the more difficult and more energy demanded.
- Unhealthy habit. Eyes staring fixedly at the glowing screen, body hardly move for hours, and we pay no attention to the surrounding. Most hardcore gamers have an irregular meal time and lack of quality sleep time. As a result, they have difficulty in managing their life.
- An escape medium. Many people who fail and discontented in their living will found a fake enjoyment on succeeding in video games. It’s really dangerous as it is temporary. Moreover, it does not provide any solution to the real life problem they try to escape from.
- Preventing quality relationship. Obvious. Less time spent with family and friends.
- No value. What value could you get from playing a video game? Nothing. Most video games do not provide any value.
It’s Time To Walk Away
Just like smokers want to quit smoking, I know a lot of gamers want to quit gaming and live a real meaningful life. Below are my tips to quit from gaming that might help:
- Uninstall them from your devices. Be bold. Do not let those games lingering on your devices and controlling you, your time, and your life.
- Downgrade your level. Some gamers might find it is difficult to abandon all at once. Same for me. If you are a hardcore online PC gamer, time to switch to offline one. After some time, uninstall them switch to mobile games only. You will see that you can live on. In the end, clean all games apps in your phone and you are ready to move on.
- Love yourself. For those see games as an escape medium, all I wanted to say is learn to love yourself. This will help you solve most of the problem. Have the courage to face the Successful people love themselves and have a high self-esteem.
- Find a new positive passion. Everyone must have one. For me, its music and writing. Find what you really love to do and work it out in a positive way.
- ‘Invest your time’ instead of ‘killing your time’. Invest our most valuable resources on positive activities. Read, meet friends, travel, create a work of art. Even waiting is a good moment to invest our time. We can read an e-Book or simply browse for a good article on the websites. There are numerous sites providing good and positives articles.
- Involve in a different community. If you are surrounded by gamer friends, it’s time to walk away. Find a friend who has a positive work and gets in touch. Do it gradually. You can choose the people around you.