It’s the weekend and you finally have some time off to recharge yourself for your busy work-filled upcoming week. You really want to play a game for an hour and you start playing it losing track of time.
Before you know it 16 hours have gone by, you have a couple of missed calls from friends wondering where you went, it’s night time and suddenly in your room a loud growl erupts echoing across the dark walls and you say to yourself, wow I forgot to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You contemplate what you have just done with your day and realize that it kind of makes you feel bad, maybe even a bit regretful. You may have relaxed all day, but rather than feeling recharged you feel completely drained.
I know I’ve written about the benefits of video games before such as how they affect the brain and what some scientific studies say about them, but I’m going to ask at what point are video games a waste of time? I’m going to cut right to the chase and let you know that you can reap the benefits of gaming, but you can also reap the negatives from gaming as well.
Too Much of Anything Can Become a Bad Thing
I’m not writing this post to tell others how to live their lives, but for the readers to reflect on what they have just read and help them out. None of the examples I present are assuming you are that way either, they are just examples I’ve created.
Even though this is a site focused on gaming and technology I believe that too much gaming can be a bad thing. If you game too much it is becoming an addiction. A gaming addiction can cause imbalances in your life. Too much gaming can cause you to perform poorly in other parts of your life because all of the focus is on gaming and nothing else.
How Do I Know I’m Addicted to Video Games?
Gaming shouldn’t feel pointless, it shouldn’t feel stressful, it shouldn’t feel like a chore, nor should it feel like you’re trapped.
Gaming should be a stress reliever and a form of entertainment and enjoyment where you feel free.
There shouldn’t be an imbalance between your work and your rest life. Video games shouldn’t interfere with your health such as hygiene, exercise, eating, sleep and social life with friends and family. Nor should they affect your work and or school performance.
If video games do affect you in those ways, they are probably an unhealthy balance in your life.
I myself have struggled with some gaming addictions before, but that isn’t how I want to live my life because it feels pointless and such a waste of time spending all those hours on gaming, so I try to make gaming more of a enjoyable experience by spacing out the time I spend doing it and by playing the right kinds of games.
If you spend the right amount of time gaming with the right kind of game, it can be beneficial for your problem solving skills, memory, hand-eye coordination, and even with communication skills in some cases. In addition, different game types such as the rise of virtual reality games are creating a community of more active people from playing video games.
By the way, when I say the right kind of game, I mean playing a game that you feel isn’t a waste of your time. There are some games out there that make you do repetitive tasks over and over again with no learning curve that make you feel like what you are doing is pointless because you are wasting so much time grinding for something that takes so long to achieve.
Is It Really Rest?
If you are gaming too much and it feels like a chore then what makes it different from working? That is why gaming can sometimes make people drained because you spend so much time on it all day you forget that it’s just a game. It is there for your enjoyment, not there to be an impediment to your rest.
Add some variance to your rest and be sure to balance it. Don’t get too much sleep, but don’t get too little of it. Sometimes you may need to even detach from all your devices for rest.
Sometimes you need to take a break from thinking and take a jog or something. As funny as it sounds, I believe exercise can even be a form of rest as long as you don’t do it too much and take a break from it after.
One of my favorite things to do is get an early start in the day on all the work I need to do while trying to layer the work with rest using the Pomodoro method. Then after I get all my work done I like to exercise afterwards and after completing everything I can then relax and play some games for a little.
In addition, when it comes to money, don’t get caught up in spending too much in gaming. Also as you probably already know, I’m not the biggest fan of micro-transactions and they can sure put a dent in your wallet.
Don’t get addicted to spending all your money on gaming or you will need to work off all that gaming debt you’ve just created! In fact, don’t ever get yourself in debt in anything.
Realizing the Reality
Sometimes you just got to realize that if you have something better to do you should probably be doing it over playing video games. At any age you will always be able to play video games, but you won’t always be able to get back the years you used on gaming.
Even though gaming has benefits, I believe that those benefits fall off after some time and then the cons start to outweigh the pros if you spend too much time gaming.
It’s okay if you are tired and just want to breakdown and relax playing some games, but if gaming becomes everything in life and gets in the way of other things including your relationships, it is more of a hindrance rather than being beneficial to your life. It’s all about balance!
If you want to enjoy something, sometimes you got to remove the excess amount of it for it to become more of an enjoyment again because it makes it more special.
I don’t want this site to feel pointless just talking about how video games are awesome, but I want it to be a site to educate others on things like technology and to help others out as well. When I say that, it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing posts on gaming, but that I want this site to feel like it has significant value and meaning to you the readers reading it.
As always I hope you found this post helpful, and if you want to tell me something let me know in the comments.
Cheers and happy gaming!