I “officially” quit gaming at the beginning of January. Like alcohol, I’ve had relapses. Unlike alcohol, those relapses don’t completely destroy my life and friendships every Saturday night! It’s been a positive experience overall and I’ve gotten involved in a few different game addiction groups on Reddit and elsewhere. One thing that’s really struck me is how similar game addiction and alcoholism are. All of the people trying to quit gaming ask the exact same questions that alcoholics ask.
“Do I really have to quit completely?”
“When will I be able to moderate?”
“Why can’t I enjoy anything else?”
And so on.
One thing that you really have to nail down when you’re quitting an addiction is replacing the time you spend on it. When you play video games for 4 hours a night, that’s a lot of time to fill. Unlike gaming and drinking, most hobbies don’t fill that much time. You can’t go to the gym for 4 hours, realistically. Some people can read a book that long but God bless them because I can go for about 30 minutes.
Thus I’ve put together a list of hobbies for myself to rotate activities fairly frequently. I’m finally learning piano, catching up on all those books I own, getting back into cooking and baking, and so on. I need to find more social hobbies so that I can make some friends (I have none that live within 3,000 miles of me). I’m happy, though. It’s nice to actually learn some new things for a change.
I upgraded to a pro WordPress plan last week during their flash sale. It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long time and 20% off sounded like a good time to do it. I have my own site over at www.dogmaticpanic.com now… if you follow me on WordPress you’ll likely never have to visit so you’ll continue seeing the plain old boring WordPress style posts.