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Anonygamer430

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  1. Hi Everyone, I have long, painful history with video games. I am 28 years old, and I have been gaming since I was 7 when my parents bought me my first computer. I was instantly hooked and I gamed addictively, to the exclusion of other healthy hobbies and social activities. I battle with social anxiety and gaming was an escape where I could feel a sense of self-worth without needing to interact with other people. As I grew up, I continued to become increasingly addicted to video games and I would often stay up late gaming. I did relatively well in middle and high school, thanks to my mother keeping close tabs on my gaming time and making me do my homework and study for tests. Once I got into college, that was when it became a serious problem. I was gaming instead of making friends, studying, or taking care of my own health. I failed many classes and almost got on academic probation. I barely graduated by the skin of my teeth I felt wracked with guilt for many years after that. I felt like I had let my parents down, who paid a lot of money to put me through school. After college, my addiction became very serious and I would spend 10+ hours a day gaming. I would game as soon as I got home from work and often stayed up till well past midnight. Some nights I did not sleep at all. Despite this, I did pretty well at work, so I felt justified in not addressing my addiction. It was around this time I met my now-wife and we did a long-distance relationship. Since the relationship was long-distance, I was able to juggle it with the gaming addiction. It was after we moved in together when she saw the severity of the addiction. It has been a rollercoaster juggling gaming and a marriage. I have been trying to curb my gaming for the past 2 years now with some successes. I just got out of a very nasty relapse and I have made the decision to put gaming behind me permanently. I want to enjoy everything life has to offer, be a good husband, and be able to handle life's problems in a healthy and mature way. Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I look forward to finally being able to enjoy life, game-free! Thanks, Anonygamer430