by Ace McCloud
Are you addicted to playing digital games?
Whether you want to (1) reclaim your life, (2) help a
friend who is addicted to gaming, or (3) just understand the dangers of
online gaming and how to minimize them, this book will teach you
everything you need to know.
Every addiction has its consequences.
There are negative consequences to a gaming
addiction. This book will help you fully comprehend the problems and
learn how to help yourself or others break out of the addiction. Free
yourself or others from unproductive behavior so life can be healthy and
Get some perspective on your gaming addiction.
Online gaming is fun, there's no doubt about it!
Gaming can help you explore your personality, enhance your creativity,
and sharpen your problem-solving skills. However, if your virtual
reality starts to damage your real-life interactions and health, then
you have a problem. That is what this book is designed to address. I
wrote "Gaming Addiction" for the purpose of guiding you through the
process of evaluating your gaming activities to determine what is
helping you and what aspects of your game of choice are actually messing
up your life. I know, I know, gaming is your life! But is it a life
that will lead to good things, or will it ultimately take you to a place
you don't want to go? There is a healthy balance that can be attained.
Get the best out of both "worlds."
You can get what you want out of life, yes, real
life. It is possible to continue to play online and still have a happy
family, loving relationships, meaningful work, and delightful social
experiences. The challenge is not letting the draw of the game overpower
what you know you need to do and who you want to be. It's not healthy
to spend all your time "checked out" from real life; some of the time
it's okay to escape, but remember: while you're escaping from your life,
there's nobody else out there who will live it for you.
Gaming as Avoidance
I get it. Sometimes life is just too harsh. We
sometimes just need to get away. Yet, if you find yourself "escaping" to
a virtual world to the point that you use your avatar more often than
your real name, you're in trouble. For those of us who don't feel 100%
confident around other people 100% of the time, it's easier to just camp
out in an alternate universe. However, it's equally important to resist
the temptation to spend all of your time there. While gaming can help
improve social interaction (at least virtually), you need real world
social interactions to truly grow and develop as a person. You also need
real life social interaction to help avoid getting depressed. In this
book I offer a variety ways you can take steps to interact without
hiding behind an avatar.