MMORPG addiction

Posted on Nov, 19, 2008

This is a very serious topic that needs to be addressed. At first, I thought it was ridiculous. People are seriously dying from excessive game-play? But then I realized that when I was in the hospital, I also thought that the video on shaken baby syndrome was ridiculous. Once I was at home, alone, and emotional, it became clear to me that had I not recieved the information on how to prevent an escalating situation, I might have fallen prey to shaking my baby as well. Now I feel it is my duty to inform everyone about this topic.
Please, listen  closely.
As we all know, sometimes you can spend more time online than you originally expected. Sometimes you get sidetracked because you feel you need to finish something, or found something very interesting. But we all need to take breaks periodically.
Here are some tips I thought might help:
-1-if you will be gaming, bring food and drink to the computer with you BEFORE you log in. It will be there when you need it, if you get too absorbed in whatever you are doing.
-2-have a USBmemory stick on your keychain. this eliminates the “I’m on a public computer, so I can’t save it” excuse, and helps you get away from the computer sooner.
-3-make yourself accountable to someone else. If you have a cellphone or house phone, bring it with you and keep the volume on high. Ask someone, even if it is just your mom, to make you take a break from the computer. Set a time, maybe 1 or 2 hours later, that they will either call you or come over and begin to disstract you. Maybe even make an appointment, like going out to lunch with a friend or going to get your hair cut, and make sure that you keep it. This should help you force yourself to take a break. I DONT CARE if you just need to finish this one thing, etc etc. JUST take a breather. Get to a stopping point, and stop.
-4- get up and stretch. Even if you are playing a game, stand up for a second as you play. You will see that your back has begun to get stiff, your neck hurts a little, etc. This will help you realize that you need to take a break.

If you are a parent, please remember to treat computer time as a luxury. It is not fair to your children that you are immersed in the internet while they still depend on you for basic tasks. If you go somewhere, like an internet cafe, treat it as if it were an evening out on the town and get a babysitter. Better yet, take your child with you! Nothing will make you get offline quicker than a bored child.

If you are a student, please don’t neglect your studies. Do your school work before logging in, so that you can be sure it is completed.

If you are otherwise employed, please do not mix your work life and computer life. Your work, which funds your ability to be on the computer, should not slip in quality because of your habits. Do not let your gaming habits dictate your life, and do not neglect paying bills or other necessities in place of feeding your habits.

 If you are addicted, or feel you may become addicted, please seek professional help. Like any addiction, there can be severe consequences. Just as gambling, alcohol, or drugs can become addictions, there is increasing proof that people can become addicted to games and being online.

If you would like information, here are a few sources.
http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-an-MMORPG-Addiction
http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Video-Game-Addiction
http://www.olganon.org/?q=immediate_support_for_game_addiction
http://www.utahstatesman.com/the_truth_about_video_game_addiction
http://www.netaddiction.com/resources/online_gaming.htm
http://www.netaddiction.com/referral_directory.aspx

Please, everyone, remember to play in moderation.

3 Responses to “MMORPG addiction”


  1. nice blog kellie…. very informative…. thanx! :)


  2. Hey! Thanks for linking to wikiHow’s articles on this topic. I hope they help.


  3. Living in a virtual world can be brain damaging after a while. So, now instead of playing games like WOW, Lineage 2 or even Sims 2, I like to keep myself informed on the latest games, read reviews and opinions. I find all the news and reviews about any game on PC District.com.

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