Quit video games

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by wwtl, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    For me they already fell by the wayside since I started NoPMO almost three months ago. From another thread:

    Video games are worse than porn as they fake all kinds of achievements and provide dopamine for stuff you actually didn't reach. Further they cut into the limited budget for socializing and make you lonely for that reason.

    Day 1: I made it official now and deleted all video games.
     
  2. Rebooter45674

    Rebooter45674 Fapstronaut

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    I agree ......

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    But you can make real Money from playing video Games these days... Also ... You can find people online to socialize...
    You can also become famous like Pewdiepie or Jackskepticeye or Markpilliar... Or "insert any generic gaming youtuber"
     
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  3. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    True, working in the porn industry can make real money. ;)

    Talking to a screen ist not socializing, it's talking to a screen while making your lizard brain believe you are socializing. Millions of lonely people make some streamer their make-believe "friend".
     
  4. Rebooter45674

    Rebooter45674 Fapstronaut

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    True... Same with Reaction Channels... Youtube is Filled with them....
     
  5. Freedom_from_PMO

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    I don't think video games are worse than porn for everyone. What I observed from my experience and storied of others is that video games can be under control or addictive depending on lots of factors. In my case when I am alright I spend much less times on video games than when I am morr depressed or lonely.
     
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  6. ArduousPath

    ArduousPath Fapstronaut

    I've been without video games for over a month and that says a lot since I've played them for over two decades. I don't think video games are as bad as PMO and you can play some very clever puzzle, simulation or management games that activate your brain. Also setting a time limit like one hour per day for gaming would be beneficial for not overdoing it. Everything when done excessively is bad both for your body and mind.
     
  7. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    One hour per day is a huge waste of time. I cut about two to four hours per week to zero and saw huge benefits in my social life.
     
  8. ArduousPath

    ArduousPath Fapstronaut

    It totally depends on a person. If a person has been playing games for 10 hours a day, then it's a huge difference, and yes there are people who play that much. But setting a hard time limit is good, and you don't necessarily need to play an hour every day, but it's good to have some restriction. As a side note, I've also been a lot more productive without video games being present. It's just that they aren't the worst thing in the world.
     
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  9. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    Yeah, I see that many people like to justify video games in this thread, but for me it just reads like "porn is fine in moderation" and "some masturbation is good against prostate cancer".

    My experience confirms that video games are not fine in moderation. In fact they use the exact same dopamine pathways as porn does. That's why I decided to quit them entirely.
     
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  10. ArduousPath

    ArduousPath Fapstronaut

    PMO is not good in moderation, and no one said that masturbation is good against prostate cancer on this thread. Video games do provide dopamine, but not nearly on the same level as PMO. The same could be said about browsing the internet and even this forum as the like and trophy point system resembles video game achievements and that provides dopamine as well.
     
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  11. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    That's what I doubt.

    Yeah, I'm reviewing these activities as well. One step after another. :D
     
  12. leonpheon

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    I personally love video games, I see them as a hobby rather than an addiction
     
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  13. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    I'm not addicted to video games and never was. Since getting on a dopamine diet, I recognized their net-negative effect on my life and that's why I got rid of them. Video games have nothing to offer that makes it worth spending any time on them, which couldn't be replaced with a much more beneficial activity with lasting life-improving results. At some point you're going to realize that your lifetime is pretty limited.
     
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  14. Freedom_from_PMO

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    How are video games different from watching movied or reading or social media? I think this is very personal, even when it comes to video games - competitive games and mmos affect people differently than other games, they are more addictive.

    In my case worst offenderd when it comed to wasting time are social media and Youtube and I even don't like them that much, afterwards I feel that time spent was most useless.
     
  15. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    Compared to just watching participating provides a higher dopamine output.

    Thankfully I never fell into the trap of modern social media. It felt wrong from the beginning and my guts turned out being right.
     
  16. Theproudlion

    Theproudlion Fapstronaut

    Actually, video games(especially mobile games) are designed to make a person addicted. If you want to, you could play them, but I'm not really risking it because I already have a bad history with addiction. Read these 2 articles, they are eye-opening. I will put one for porn aswell(beware, there may be some triggers in the porn one) :

    https://www.mediavsreality.com/mediavsreality/2018/6/26/mobile-games-the-addictive-time-sink

    https://www.mediavsreality.com/medi...addiction-how-mmorpgs-turn-you-into-a-lab-rat

    https://www.mediavsreality.com/medi...d-everything-else-you-need-to-know-about-porn
     
  17. Freedom_from_PMO

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    The problem with social media is that in a modern society, especially if you are young you can't really escape them. Education, work, all kind of societies, organizing things, communication, social life, goes through social media.
     
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  18. Theproudlion

    Theproudlion Fapstronaut

    There's no problem playing video games, but keep in mind that pmo addiction is an artificial dopamine addiction. Video games produce high levels of artificial dopamine(not as high as porn addiction, but still an unhealthy amount of dopamine). So playing will definitely slow down your reboot, even in moderation. It may slow it down a bit(in moderation) , or alot(not in moderation), but it will definitely slow down your reboot.
     
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  19. bken

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    I understand your concern but aren't you maybe a little too hard on yourself?

    A video game is a much healthier reward than porn and isn't inherently evil. It won't hijack your brain the way porn does. Agreed games have an addictive aspect but it can be controled unlike porn, unless you're like 10 to 14.
     
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  20. wwtl

    wwtl Fapstronaut

    That's why I chose to not live in "modern society", but in God's kingdom. Now I'm organizing things, communicating and socializing without using traditional social media. Key is grouping with oneself with the right people. You don't meet those in "education" or in corporate cubicles.
     

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