Confessions: MMO Addiction

by Tayman on June 30, 2009

Hi, my name is Tayman…

“Hi Tayman!”

MMO addiction is a serious problem affecting many gamers whether they choose to believe it or not. Getting and using the drug(game) becomes more and more important than anything else, including job, friends and family.

Read the following paragraph and replace the word drug with your favorite online game:

“One of the most powerful effects of drug abuse and addiction is denial. The urge to use is so strong that the mind finds many ways to rationalize drug use. Someone abusing drugs may drastically underestimate the quantity of drugs they are taking, how much it is costing them, and how much time it takes away from their family and work. They may lash out at concerned family members, making the family feel like they are exaggerating and overstating the problem. What makes this so frustrating for family members is the person abusing drugs often sincerely believes they do not have a problem, and can make the family member feel like the dysfunctional one.

This denial and rationalization can lead to increased problems with work, finances and relationships. The person abusing drugs may blame an “unfair boss’ for losing her job, or a ‘nagging wife’ for why he is increasingly going out with friends to get high. While work and relationship stresses happen to everyone, an overall pattern of deterioration and blaming others may be a sign of trouble.”

Many of us, including myself, have abused the mmo drug in the past. Are some people more prone to mmo addiction than others? Is it the sense of escape from real life that hooks us?

There have been many jobs lost, marriages ruined, health destroyed, college dreams crushed, and children ignored from MMO’s. The key to beating this ‘problem’ is self-discipline. if you are spending enormous amounts of time playing your favorite mmo, make sure you don’t neglect what’s most important in your life. Take some time out to exercise, eat right, and stay healthy. Get out of the rat-race so you will have enough spare time to play as much as you like!

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somone August 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

very nice observation good job, wow sucks its like rat chasing a cheese inside a lab , that rat will never reach the cheese….. same with wow it will never end ,always will go on, with the items quests pvp stuff all that …. once the addict realize they are the rat.. they will have gained 400pound lost a girlfriend , friend , family , job .. its sad

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