#makeITsafePH – Online Gaming Addiction
e-Sports have become one of the world’s fastest-growing industry in the world with billions of gamers of different platforms from consoles, MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online), RTS (Real-Time Strategy) and many more that provides satisfaction to most of the youth nowadays, no wonder why they were so addicted in such a way that they spend most of their time playing rather than doing something so productive.
In this blog post, we will not be just talking much about the pros and cons of online gaming but rather, I will share my thoughts about it.
I am once a gamer. Totally addicted to playing online games like Dota2. I spend most of my time before on internet cafes and focusing on how I win on the game rather than doing school works on time. Let’s admit, I have found satisfaction each time I win. I have to admit that playing online games teaches us lessons in life. It teaches us strategic ways to be wise and win every battle that comes in our way.
But that was few years back. Today, I seldom play online games because my priorities have changed. I have to do some real “adulting” because I realized that It’s not gonna pay my bills in the future.
But my case is different than most of the youth today. They seem to not care about their future. They are doing their best to be better in this field and become a known person in the e-sports industry but they forgot to realize that not everyone is given the privilege to become someone influential in this field.
Youth nowadays forgot that there’s more to life rather than just playing. some tend to become violent as they weren’t able to handle their feeling while playing. Some end up bullying and/or being bullied – that it would always end up to chaos inside the cafes, or even after the game.
Due to the overwhelming number of cases of youth being hurt, beaten, and some even died inside the internet cafes due to bullying and harassment, how can we avoid these not to happen again and again?
Here are some of my personal suggestions to lessen one’s addiction of online games:
- Realize that it’s only a game – Don’t get too carried away while playing. Take it easy and as much as possible, don’t be too sensitive with the “trash talks” you receive from everyone. It’s normal and shouldn’t be taken personally.
- Minimize the number of hours you spend in game – Try to think about and focusing on other things that you’re good at and slowly transition yourself from spending more time on games to spending most of your time honing your craft. Each one of us has it, we just have to focus on improving it.
- Realize that there’s more to life – Go out. See the world. That is the best therapy to lessen one’s addiction in online games. I know it’s hard to stop doing your gaming routine but once you do it, it will be worth-it.
Remember, online games helps us forget all our problems for a few hours but let’s be real, we’ll need to face our problems in order for us to grow as a person. There’s nothing wrong with online games, it’s just that too much of it is not good.
[Disclaimer: This blog post contains my point-of-view with Globe Telecom’s #makeITsafePH Campaign to educate consumers about online threats and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. The campaign also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of such deplorable behavior.]