Extreme Gadget Addiction?


Video games can become an addiction because it is both entertaining and rewarding (achievements, leaderboard, etc.). It would help if you got rid of the Gadget addiction by limiting your access to the same.

 You play video games because you want to be distracted or To find other distractions. It can be work, drawing, sport, music, art. I recommend doing sport because it releases hormones that will make you feel happy because video games do the same, and without it, you can contact ‘depressed.’

 I also advise you to ask your parents/friends for help. It can be as simple as hiding your devices. You only need something like two months. A nice break can help you.

How To Get Rid Of Extreme Gadget Addiction? Steps To Follow
How To Get Rid Of Extreme Gadget Addiction? Steps To Follow

Steps To Reduce Gadget Addiction

I am so glad that you have recognized this as a problem. 

I had this same problem during my college days, and it turned out very bad for me, and I ended up in a mediocre job. Even worse scores in my college, probably there was no one to guide me and mainly because I knew the problem and I didn’t do anything about it.

What you can start doing is have a timer set for every time you start your gaming session. The reverse time like 2 hours. The advantage with that is you cannot snooze it. Once you complete your 2-hour quota for the day, no matter what stage or level you are on, you need to put down your controller and move out of the space. 

If you tend to ignore the alarm, ask one of your friends or family member to intervene and stop you, but they need to do it very politely, and after that, you need to honor your agreement and discontinue it.

How To Get Rid Of Extreme Gadget Addiction? Steps To Follow
How To Get Rid Of Extreme Gadget Addiction? Steps To Follow

Practice The Following

If you want to take it further, then do the following –

1. Reduce the timer from 2 hours to 1.5 hours after a week and a week later to 1 hour. You will find that you will lose interest in that particular gadget within a month.

2. Eventually, after four weeks, take up some time for gaming once in 2 days for 1 hour and then reduce it to once in four days for 1.5 hours.

3. Have cheat days like on a Sunday afternoon or Saturday afternoon, like 4 hours straight once in a month. No problem in having this, but you need to ensure that it does not repeat in the same month.

4. Reduce online multiplayer gaming, stick to single-player campaigns.

5. Keep rewarding yourself, like after you finish your assignment, game for an hour or so. Slowly and steadily leave interacting with any gadget for a few days. Get busy with any other work to stay involved.

6. No gaming when you need to meet critical deadlines for an assignment/homework/project/exams.

I used to game every day for close to 2 years. But now I game once or twice a week for 4-5 hours on the total. I hope you can get success very soon.

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