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  1. You should be very careful with YouTube. It can become an addiction in itself because the algorithm is very good at feeding you what you want to watch. Thus, continuing to watch becomes almost a compulsion. Trust me, I know because I was there (just not with videos about video games). I would encourage you to do a YouTube detox as well and find a new hobby to replace watching videos. You can use the handy hobby tool or get some ideas from others on here based on your interests. The most important thing is to have the courage to give yourself permission to be someone else. Try a hobby you think
  2. Hey congratulations! I was drawn to this post because I realized we started on the exact same day! Keep it up. 60 days will be here in no time!
  3. Welcome Rudygreen! Glad you're here.
  4. Thank you! Yes, I currently have YouTube blocked on my phone and can only access it through my browser for 1 hour a day (using Cold Turkey which I LOVE). This makes it so that I need to be conscious of what I spend that hour on. If I use it for just messing around on YouTube, then I can't do anything education with it. It really helps to have this budgeted time (many days I don't even use the budgeted time; I try to treat it as something like you said that will enhance the things I'm doing in my life).
  5. Echoing what a lot of others have said, if it isn't a trigger that causes you to want to play/relapse, I don't see it being a problem. You should reconsider only if it makes you want to play again.
  6. Thank you! So far this has been great and I feel like I'm really making progress. YouTube had been a weak point for me as well and I am applying the same game-quitting principles to that and web surfing.
  7. Haha well it's kind of dangerous, but I felt like it wasn't adding anything to my life and I wanted to open the game and see if I still felt the same way. I know that's flirting with danger there, but I was right. I just ran around for a few minutes and then thought, "Why?" and I closed it. I feel like I needed the confirmation in some way. I still feel the urge sometimes to play when my mind is bored or I feel I need a break but, I have other activities planned for those times and I also know that when I open it, it won't actually fulfill the need I have to rest.
  8. Thank you very much for this. I think this helped clarify things. Even if I find I'm not a true addict, I think asking the question of, "Does this benefit me and my long term goals?" is really important. I would say currently it is not and is only acting as an escape, which is why I want to stop doing it. I actually fired up a game today and then instantly thought how pointless my achievements in it would be if I continued and shut the game off. Very interesting moment
  9. Deciding whether or not I should quit cold turkey or allow a limit. On the one hand, the game allows me to stay connected to some of my classmates during a time when I can't normally see them. I actually wasn't playing games all that much before the pandemic, but these unique circumstances changed that, and I'm trying to reverse it. On the other hand, I've noticed many of my goals suffering because I had just been allowing myself to play whenever I felt like I needed a stress reliever, a reward after working hard, etc. (you can see how that can eventually equate to unmoderated hours of play)
  10. Hi everyone! I'm FDRx7 from the United States. I used to game a lot when I was younger but when I went to college, I ultimately stopped. I don't know if it was just being busy or what, but I didn't touch a console (save for a quick game at a friend's place or something) or PC game for probably 7 years. Then, last year I started a two-year graduate program. I have a few close friends in the program and one of them convinced me to download the Halo Master Chief collection for PC (I had never PC gamed before). I enjoyed it and played through the campaign, reminiscing about my middle and high