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  1. Wow congratulations! Hope you've also built good habits along your 90 day journey! 🙂
  2. Yaaaay! Great job! It sounds like you are building up another hobby that is similar but not toxic! Keep going, Kaitlyn!!! ❤️
  3. Welcome to the community Kaitlyn! I will look forward for your updates!! Keep going and keep fighting!!!
  4. Wow, time is passing fast. It's been 20 days out of 90 days detox from gaming. Actually, I stopped counting because the craving for the game is absolutely gone. I no longer think or crave about it like I used to the first week. I relapsed twice 2 weeks ago but each relapses actually helped me to go forward on this journey. For example, my relapses fueled my decision to stop gaming from ruining my life again by leading me to delete all my online friends (cutting off social aspect of the game) and reset the password to random jumble of letters and numbers so I can never log back in. Now I feel like it's too much work to reset the password again and I'm no longer interested in the online world. I feel like with help of my friends and this community, I was able to tackle down this big addiction in my life. Through my friends, I realized the value of time and through this community, I learned I was not alone in having game addiction problem. Now, there are two more bad addictions I need to overcome, which are napping and chewing on ice. It's sorta like my body made it into a daily habit to take a nap whenever possible and to seek ice to chew on whenever possible. The ice chewing is the worse of the two in my opinion cause it sometimes hurt my jaw and teeth but I just can't help but have some every day. So, along with my game detox journals, I'm gonna be writing and keeping track on these two addictions from time to time on this site. Let me know of your weird addictions/habits, lol. This is a judging-free zone.
  5. It's been 11 days since I've decided to quit gaming cold turkey. I must confess that I have gone online on 3 different days since I've started the 90 day detox plan. Each time I logged in to play was relatively short (30 mins), but each time was also me giving into my weakness. But it's really weird because the craving is gone now. Like, gone-gone. Imagine having a mosquito bite that is super itchy for couple of days then it leaves sort of like a smudge/bruise on your arm but it doesn't itch anymore. You see it's there on your arm but there's no desire to itch it. It's sort of like that for me now lol. So, it seems like I plucked out this one bad habit and now I'm having to deal with another bad habit. I've been napping like A LOT. I started this routine of waking up at 5 AM and exercise, but I've been getting an average of 6 hours of sleep each night. I've been doing this since 3 weeks ago, and almost every day, I need to nap like 4 hours a day. I take a power nap in the morning around 7ish then I tell myself to sleep in a bit more cause I need to catch up on sleep anyways. Then, after work, I'd be napping on my couch believing I deserve this reward and would sleep for 2 more hours. Not sure if this is cause of the hot weather here or a SE of quitting game or just pure laziness, but I can definitely do better :////
  6. @amchow Thanks, I'll check his journal out! And best of luck on your journey as well!
  7. @Amphibian220 I'm working on finding new hobbies at the moment. And thank you for your encouraging word that my efforts aren't all lost. 🙂
  8. It's only been day 5 since no gaming streak and I already gave in to the craving lolol... Here is what happened: I came home from work and just when I was relaxing, the cravings butted in. And I got persuaded to play in moderation, which I did, for 20 minutes. That made me want to play more later tonight and tomorrow and probably I would have logged on every single day after, BUT, I stopped the ball from rolling too far. One of my online friends got on so I told her what I was about to do. I was about to unfriend everyone in the game, get rid of all my online items, and log out forever, which I did. I'm so glad she was understanding but the idea of saying good-bye to someone (even a stranger I met online) left me feeling a bit horrible about myself. It even seemed ruthless. Maybe I should've unfriended her and everyone else without anyone knowing. I don't know. I'm kind of glad I did it cause now the social aspect of the game is cut out. Now I can invest in real life friendships instead of always thinking about how my online friends are doing in the back of my head. Maybe this craving was needed in order for me to take this step. Again, I don't know. Welp, the number goes back to day 1 but I feel like I made a step forward instead of backwards. I no longer feel that strong tie to the game I've been having. Instead, just a bit of remorse, but time will do its thing. I want to go live my life now lol. No more gaming!! No more wasting time!!
  9. @MuMuMelon I feel like it gets tougher as days go by. Yesterday, I felt like I was gonna defeat this addiction altogether, but today after a long day at work, I've been feeling like 20-30 min of gaming wouldn't hurt. And I need to confess, that is exactly what I did. I played for 20 minutes to see if anything updated online, if any friends were online (thankfully there were none). And what you said is exactly right. Playing even for 20 minutes got me thinking, "Oh I need to come back later to see if any friends will be online." It's too bad I can't delete my account. I even emailed the game company twice to delete my account but they never got back and never deleted it for me. I think my next step is to delete all the friends I made in the game. It'd suck when they find out I deleted them, but I don't want to be tied to that game in any way anymore. And I completely agree with you in quitting altogether. My friends and family have been just telling me to play in moderation. I've been considering their advice but determined to stick with the 90 day detox. Until today, I just gave in. But! I'm gonna start again. Today will be day 1....again lol. Thanks for your advice. I'll take it. And good luck to you as well!
  10. Today marks day 4 of no gaming. 🙂 I'm doing the 90 day detox challenge! I can already see improvements in my daily life. I am more focused and happy at work and at home. I'm getting things done for my summer class ahead of due dates because now I have time to be productive instead of wasting time on gaming. One area I need to improve on is dealing with the cravings. Even now, the voice whispers inside me..."Play for 5 or 10 minutes and log out! That wouldn't hurt!" I'd reply, "BS! I refuse to go back!" And the craving still lingers, laughing at me...but oh well. This is how it's gonna be for awhile. 😛 Stubborn vs Staunch, that's how it's gonna be.
  11. Hello all, For seven months, I have been easily playing 6 to 8 hours daily on this online game, mostly to socialize. Ever since quitting cold turkey two days ago, I've been having sudden cravings here and there throughout the day and even considered playing in moderation for 5 or 10 minutes today. But I was able to dismiss the whole idea as foolish because I know I'd lose self-control once I log in. The thing I need advice on is I have given myself 7 detox days and am wondering if I should make it longer? I just read Cam's article on how he just completely quit gaming, and I'd love to follow his example but don't know if I can. I could already imagine myself logging in one day for 30 min or 1 hour then logging out. The thing about this online game is you can meet people from different countries. And you are a character in the game so you could be whoever you display yourself to be in the game. But after socializing and playing for hours and logging off, I am smacked on the face hard on the wall with reality as I come to realization that I've just wasted this chunk of time and neglected my responsibilities. It leaves a horrible feeling inside me after playing for hours, yet I have been playing every single day for 6-8 hours (it's been pretty much killing me alive). I'm thinking of allowing myself to play maximum of 2 hours one day a week. I believe I have enough self-control not to go over that time limit I've set up for myself. I've also asked a real life friend to help keep me accountable to play within that time frame. But the thing is, if I play in moderation, especially after only 7 days after quitting cold turkey, is there a high chance I'll get addicted again? From your perspective, do you think it's okay for me to play like this in moderation, once a week? Or would it be even better if I just got rid of the game, never log into it again, forever? The latter sounds more promising but the little cravings in me are telling me not to do that and go with the first option. And I worked hard to earn game money and also have a couple of friends from other countries that I enjoy talking to. What are your thoughts? It's ok to play in moderation (2 hrs a week) or quit altogether?