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  1. Hi Wildermyth. Thank you for your advice! I had no idea that there were tutorials for resetting my YouTube algorithm. You're also right about the hype culture in the gaming industry. There's a lot of hype surrounding the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II but I am not obligated to waste my time on it. One thing I can do to avoid YouTube altogether is activate my blocker (i.e. SelfControl) during work hours. I can't trust myself not to load the site on my laptop if given the opportunity. Many thanks again and I wish you a speedy recovery from gaming addiction.
  2. I haven't played any sort of video game for about 2 months now and I made sure not to buy a new console when I moved out of my hometown. But I can't seem to stop binging gaming-related content on YouTube. News about the new Call of Duty (COD) game, COD gaming channels, Battlefield gaming channels, and even channels that focus on Rainbow Six Siege are all things I have trouble staying away from. What's worse is that I have an unhealthy relationship with this YouTube content. If I am stressed, lonely, anxious, bored, or frustrated, I flock to YouTube and just start watching gaming stuff to avoid facing my reality. The reasons that I just mentioned for watching YouTube are the exact same reasons that I used to be addicted to playing video games. Do you guys have any tips on avoiding the gaming side of YouTube? Respawn did a great job helping me to stop playing video games myself, however, I'm still hooked on watching others play them.
  3. Thank you Amphibian220! These are some really great tips! I haven't read for pleasure in a while so I'll be sure to consider that. I'm almost finished with the Respawn program so I have a clearer understanding of who I want to be and how I want to change. Thanks again and happy holidays!
  4. Another user recently posted asked if they should stop watching gaming-related content on YouTube and Twitch. I definitely know that I should steer clear of such things but I'm struggling to understand how. Could someone list some tips/strategies that worked for them?
  5. I also anticipate a similar problem. All of my siblings are pretty serious gamers. They don't struggle to handle other aspects of their lives but they do play a lot—just like your brother. One of the recommended strategies for avoiding gaming, according to the Respawn Program, is to hide/get rid of the gaming console. But that might start some beef if there are others in your house who game regularly. My semester ends in about 3 days so I'll be home for Christmas as well. Let's not lose hope though. Here is what I'm thinking: - Have you tried creating a schedule for yourself over the break? There's more you can do even if you might be exhausted from work/school. Try filling in some time with tasks that you've been putting off (e.g. taking out the trash, cleaning, cooking, cleaning snow from your driveway (if it snows where you're from), updating your budget, planning ahead for the next semester of school/return to work, anything else you might have on your plate). I find that it's harder to focus on gaming if you literally don't have time to play. - My siblings are also loud when they play games. I can hear them laughing and yelling too. If you don't want to be alone, try organizing some group activities that are not related to gaming. For example, you could go see the new Spider-Man movie or something else in theaters. If your romantic partner (gf, fiancee, or wife) is in town, why not plan a date? Or you could organize a board game to play with friends or family. I know that seems boring but my siblings and I were having a blast playing Uno during Thanksgiving break. Avalon is another board game that's pretty fun. - My fitness tends to slip during the holidays—especially because winter is harsh where I'm from. So I highly recommend making a workout routine that requires little-to-no equipment. - Catching up with friends is also something you can do too. The pandemic really isolated me from some life-long buddies so I definitely plan on hitting them up. - Check out Cam's list of 60+ new hobbies. Maybe you can get some new ideas that way? Don't worry bro, I'm in the same boat. We should just try stuff and see what sticks. Just know that there's help and you're not alone. God bless you.
  6. For personal reasons, I won't share my name or any sensitive information. Please just refer to me by my username, "bulldog-22". I'm 21 years old and have been gaming for most of my life. Gaming started as a hobby that allowed me to do the following: 1) challenge myself, 2) build on relationships with family and friends, 3) escape from difficult/traumatic situations in my life. My favorite genres of games were first-person shooters, third-person shooters, role-playing games (RPG's), and fighting games. I'm using the past tense because I want gaming to be just that: a thing of the past. The first video game I remember playing was at a family friend's house. Their son owned a copy of Medal of Honor: European Assault and I really enjoyed it. I was both young and totally unexperienced when I touched this game, however, I was fascinated by the challenge. The game allowed me to explore the unknown, learn from my mistakes, respawn at a checkpoint, and attempt to complete an objective with my newfound knowledge. Sure, there were other activities that were like it, but this was something I was happy to do! No one placed any expectations on me. No one mocked me for my failures. Gaming gave me the opportunity to overcome difficult obstacles in a controlled environment where I could see myself improve. I wasn't the only person who felt like that either. My siblings and friends did too. Some of my favorite childhood memories involved playing a new game with loved ones. We could compete against each other, help each other, and laugh with each other. Gaming was just one of those things that can foster a sense of community. Plus, gaming helped me have fun despite my environmental circumstances. My parents didn't let me hang out with friends as a kid unless it involved school. I also happen to be from a relatively cold place, which makes playing outside difficult. So why wouldn't I play video games? I could interact with my buddies whether they were in the room with me or not. Finally, I used gaming to escape the difficulties of life. Money was too tight for me to have private trumpet lessons? I could get that achievement and still feel accomplished. School was stressing me out? I could blow off steam by laughing with friends online. Parents were having a loud argument? I could isolate myself in a virtual world that made me forget all about my home environment. I don't believe gaming is inherently bad. Like anything else, it's a hobby that people enjoy. The issue is that gaming is not healthy for me. It took away interactions with real people, quality sleep, lots of money, and a true sense of peace. Even as a 21-year old college student, I still find myself enthralled in gaming despite not having time to physically play. I watch countless YouTube videos on my favorite games because it's the closest thing I have to playing them myself. I joined the Respawn Program to quit gaming, make time for what really matters to me, and face life head on. I pray that this program will break my attachment to gaming so that I can pour time in my faith, my studies, my career, my relationships, and my health. Whatever your reasons are joining this forum, I pray that you can escape the grip of gaming too.