How to end my computer game addiction?

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by tbieter » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:35 pm

tbieter wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:16 pm
Londoner wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 am
How about learning a language online, using something like Duolingo? Lots of little challenges to be overcome, a clear sense of progression. You can comment on the process and get responses from other 'players'. And unlike most computer games, you can use the skills you acquire in real life, with real people.
Practice self-discipline by using will power. When you go online and experience the desire to play, resist, and go to this forum. Then sign off and run from your computer. The more you resist a desire, the weaker it becomes. Thomas Aquinas and William James both taught this psychological principle. This is how I quit smoking, without using any aid, after two packs a day for fifty years. Now I have no desire to smoke even though the smell of someone smoking near me is enticing. Self-discipline is a virtue.
I see that on October 17 I will celebrate a 10th anniversary of being on this forum.

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by Dalek Prime » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:17 am

This fellow is actually lucky. I would like to play video games, but am crap at it because they weren't around for me, except pong. So I can't even enjoy the experience.

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by Dalek Prime » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:18 am

tbieter wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:35 pm
tbieter wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:16 pm
Londoner wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:16 am
How about learning a language online, using something like Duolingo? Lots of little challenges to be overcome, a clear sense of progression. You can comment on the process and get responses from other 'players'. And unlike most computer games, you can use the skills you acquire in real life, with real people.
Practice self-discipline by using will power. When you go online and experience the desire to play, resist, and go to this forum. Then sign off and run from your computer. The more you resist a desire, the weaker it becomes. Thomas Aquinas and William James both taught this psychological principle. This is how I quit smoking, without using any aid, after two packs a day for fifty years. Now I have no desire to smoke even though the smell of someone smoking near me is enticing. Self-discipline is a virtue.
I see that on October 17 I will celebrate a 10th anniversary of being on this forum.


Hey, I think marijuana possession in Canada becomes legal the same day. Small world.... Oh, that was posted last year. Never mind. Happy 11th, tbieter.

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by Judaka » Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:55 am

I think computer game "addiction" is less of an addiction and more of a feeling that there's really nothing else to do. Like you'd be willing to do other things but you have no friends, no ambitions and no other hobbies. If that's correct then rather than trying to stop playing computer games, start thinking about and adding new things to your list of things to do and just gradually start doing them. It's a marathon, not a race.

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by Eodnhoj7 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:47 pm

Throwing the computer out the window is a start....

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by Melchior » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:25 am

Ever hear of an "off" button?

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Re: How to end my computer game addiction?

Post by QuantumT » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:36 pm

When you feel the urge:

Focus on all the times you lost lives.
All the times you fought in vain and the game ended.
Think of the frustrations you felt.
Keep thinking of that.

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