If you waited in line in the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday for an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you might be obsessed with gaming! Perhaps, you simply wanted to get the console on sale. Maybe that was the only can’t-miss item on your Christmas list. You could have just wanted to keep a promise to your child. Well, I hope you succeeded in making your purchase without fighting or losing your dignity.
Speaking of dignity, there is a difference between being addicted to gaming and being obsessed with gaming. Those who are addicted to gaming lose contact with everything and everyone else in their lives. Have you read about children dying because their parents refused to stop gaming when the child was drowning, etc.? There are also reports of people who have died from dehydration, heartaches, and blood clots while gaming.
Gaming obsession does not go to the extreme of addiction. If you are obsessed with gaming, you frequently procrastinate and miss deadlines to secure just one more win! As a former gamer, I refuse to obsess over anymore games! I have found the safest way to do that is to choose games that I am only mildly interested in and avoid anything that is the current craze (like Candy Crush Saga).
I don’t have time to engage in anything that will distract me from my purpose! Are you allowing yourself to care about playing games just a little too much? Here are three signs that you are obsessed with gaming: If you are often late completing duties due to gaming, you need to admit that you are obsessed with playing games. If your significant other complains that you never want to do anything except play games, listen.
If you always stay home and play games rather than go to a movie or entertainment, it is time to change your behavior. You do not want your obsession to turn into addiction. I have never been addicted to a game; so, I don’t know what that feels like. I do know that there is help, but you must know the signs of gaming addiction. Like anything else, gaming can be something great or something terrible.
What is your favorite game? Have you ever obsessed over a game? Please comment.