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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:01 PM
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Ayup. After seeing a Frontline special last night on internet addiction, I've decided to shut off the computer-game tap. Wish me luck
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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:27 PM
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You have to send all your games to us to go cold turkey. If left in house they'll just call to you.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:36 PM
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Ayup. After seeing a Frontline special last night on internet addiction, I've decided to shut off the computer-game tap. Wish me luck
Noooo, don't do it Blue Ghost! It's a trap!!

And, ummm, you'll be putting computer game programmers and producers out of business!



You can't not support the economy in these times.



But seriously, all things in moderation. Good luck with reaching your goal. I know some with serious interest in gaming, that might have been bordering on addiction.



I just don't trust Frontline. Aren't they the ones who did the Mountain Dew rots teeth special a little bit back, based on scary denture stories from some mountain town. And all through the special I was screaming at the TV "It ain't the Mountain Dew to blame!! Can't you idiots see it's the constant swilling of the teeth in the stuff all day and evening that's rotting the teeth! Fruit juice would do the same thing if they "drank" it that way too!"

Seriously. Everywhere the camera went (school, work, home) the kids and adults all had a Mountain Dew in their hand, either on the way to the mouth or back down to the table. Yes, even in class! I was boggled that nobody saw the connection. Instead they put it down to "Well Mountain Dew must be some super duper tooth rotter by gum, because all the people here have rotten teeth."

I D I O T Z

I suspect the same "high quality journalism" at play in this latest "The computer will rot your brain with the addicting games and the colored lights and the shazam and baboom and all, just look at these SAT scores! It's obviously because games are addictive." Camera pans across kids with no parental supervision playing games until they pass out from exhaustion. Camera strolls upstairs to mom and dad passed out with Miller cans everywhere. Umm, yeah, obviously the computer games are to blame...
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You have to send all your games to us to go cold turkey. If left in house they'll just call to you.
Dang! Wish I'd thought of that

Umm, say, Easterner, you know, you could lay off the computer games too...





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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:42 PM
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Those people you get this information from would be against you having any fun unless you only do what they think is fun. It does not matter what you enjoy doing (as long as it is not hurting or depriving another) as long as you remain a productive member of society. These are people trying to impose there opinion on you by presenting data in a format to inspire fear into you. An example is you could show how bad jogging is to somebody by showing stats on knee injuries, or traffic deaths related to joggers.

I would ask if you enjoy doing something, and if so do it.
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Well, I know I'm not addicted. I've purchased a lot of video games recently, and I'm not playing a single one.

I just don't wanna. I'm just not in the mood.

I've tried. I started a couple. But, I was just bored (and I do love playing a good video game).

I get like this, sometimes.

I love playing poker, too. Couple of years ago, I was playing just about once a week. About every other week, I drove to Lousiana to play at the casino. The rest of the time, I played with friends. I even ventured into an illegal poker house, played a tourney there, and won.

But something happened. I lost the mood. And, I didn't play for, like, two years. Just now starting to play again a little.

Video games are no different. Sometimes I love 'em. Sometimes, I'd rather read.
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Firstly, if you have any sort of addiction seek help, this Forum isn't the place. No matter what it is drugs, alcohol, WoW you should seek professional help, not make knee-jerk reactions based on TV shows.

If you feel that some activity is taking too much of your time, that's not addition, you just need to cut back. I found this with reading, there was an explosion of SF and Fantasy books available and I became overwhelmed. I was either reading or working, my family and friends suffered, once I realised I had to make choices and discipline myself, I found I had time for all the fun activities.

When you are living a full life, you always have to give something up to do something new. I had to give up another Forum to become active here, because my time is full.

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Well i suggest moderation. I know that video games can become somewhat addictive. when I was living by myself with no car and nothing nearby I was so into oblivion now i have not played any game in weeks. Just find something else to do and enjoy that. If you play video games just do it for a short time only allow and hour or so to play. Don't get wrapped up in online stuff that will soak up all your spare time. Also reading is always a good substitute.
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If you do any socializing with your gaming, you might start to miss that. A potential substitute for not having guildies or clanmates to chitchat with is IRC. You'll want to find a decent group, not a bunch of yahoos. I've enjoyed checking into the forums at irc.sff.net when I'm doing IRC myself. They're a good bunch.
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Tell me about it. I just got back into bridge after a 19 year layoff. Of course there were no internet/online bridge sites back then either. Now I can play with/against people from all over the world 24/7. Anything can become adictive, just ask my waistline.
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