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Michał

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Hello,

My name is Michał, I live in Poland and I would like to introduce myself to You. 
I' am eighteen years old and I was addicted to gaming from the age of 13. I mainly played World of Warcraft as well as League of Legends. It started as a normal hobby. After I came home from school, I did my homework and then played for an hour or two. After a few years it turned out I got completely hooked up on it. I got into a situation where  I lost nearly all friends (only two of them stayed with me, but they were addicted as much as I was), I spent my whole free time gaming, stayed up late even on school nights, I ignored studying and even while in school all I done was thinking about how I could upgrade my character, etc. This was my situation in Mayhowever, at that time I began to realize that I' am addicted and that it ruins my life. Unfortunately, I didn't want to do anything about it because I loved playing WoW and LoL so much.

The breaking point for me came on the first of July. During my holiday I was attending a Japanese course which was really important to me as I am a huge anime fanhowever, even that didn't stop me from nearly getting late for a bus which I needed to take if I wanted to get to the course of time. After barely getting for it, I sat down on a seat and though " What the f*ck am I doing with my life? No matter how much I care about something I screw it up because I prefer to game than to follow my goals.". This was the moment I have decided enough is enough. Then, not really knowing how to break away from this addiction, I googled it :) . This was how I got to know gamequitters.com after reading a bit during my ride on the bus I made up my mind to delete both of the accounts. When I came home it was the first thing I had done. Also at that time I have started my 90-day detox. Today it already is 111 days since that decision and I haven't touched any game. During this time I was reading about self-improvement, watching Cam videos as well as learning about religion and studying a lot more in school. It had an amazing effect. Now I feel a lot better and more confident, I' am doing much better in school as well as I' am having a much better relationship with my parents and colleagues.

The only thing that still has the problem is my shyness. I have a big problem with making friends, talking to people or engaging in a small talk. This is also why I waited so long to join the forum. I hope that you will give me a warm welcome as I will be trying to battle this weakness and be active in this community.

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Hey, Michał!

Your story really impressed me. I've been addicted to WoW and LoL myself and know how hard it is to get rid of this. I'm currently at day 75 of my detox. I can also identify with your struggle with shyness. My problem is my low self-esteem. Deep inside I am certain, that I'm not worthy of connection. This is a big mistake, that I currently try to overcome. I bought the book "The Solution to Social Anxiety". I can give you a review when I've finished it.

Have a warm welcome, Michał. Nice to have you here!

 

 

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Nice to meet you Michal! We are on the same age^_^

And our situations are similar either. When I realized that I wouldn't be able to achieve anything if I chose gaming but not following my dreams and goals as the top of the agenda, I decided to go cold turkey with the help of this community.

And you have already quitted gaming for 111days? I am currently at day 11 only. You are strong and let's keep it up!

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Welcome, and awesome that you've already gone 111 days without games! That's more than some of us can say (*cough* me *cough*). 

I also struggled with league, so I know how hard it can be, but you seem to have managed.

About the shyness; you're definitely not alone on that, but you know what? It can be fixed. Do some research, realize you are worthy of love and connection, then man up and go talk to people.

Good luck!

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