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Hi.

Some Context:
I've been addicted specifically to Pokemon GO for a while now. I "quit" in November of 2019 and relapsed again this past September (so close to year lol). After about a month and a half of game play I deleted the app after arguing about it with my wife who's rightfully not to fond of me playing.

Question:

Unlike other times I've stopped playing this is the first time I don't really want to. I want to keep playing. Other times it's been "I have a problem I want to stop" this time it's "I have a problem but I don't care, I want to keep playing". I totally get why I'm addicted, I know exactly how the people at Ninantic hooked me into their stupid machine I get it. It used to bother me but I'm kind of indifferent now. I know it's a waste of time but idk. Anyone have thoughts? Feel similarly, or have any idea what to do when having a video game addiction doesn't bother you like it used to?

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4 hours ago, freedomplz said:

Hi.

Some Context:
I've been addicted specifically to Pokemon GO for a while now. I "quit" in November of 2019 and relapsed again this past September (so close to year lol). After about a month and a half of game play I deleted the app after arguing about it with my wife who's rightfully not to fond of me playing.

Question:

Unlike other times I've stopped playing this is the first time I don't really want to. I want to keep playing. Other times it's been "I have a problem I want to stop" this time it's "I have a problem but I don't care, I want to keep playing". I totally get why I'm addicted, I know exactly how the people at Ninantic hooked me into their stupid machine I get it. It used to bother me but I'm kind of indifferent now. I know it's a waste of time but idk. Anyone have thoughts? Feel similarly, or have any idea what to do when having a video game addiction doesn't bother you like it used to?

I think we reach a point during recovery where we don't care anymore. You ask yourself what's there even to gain from this fight? You're comfortable and it doesn't matter. You might be stuck in a loop until you realize that you feel better without playing and want to move on.

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That's addiction mate, you love it, thats why you keep doing it, despite the damage or impact to everything else.

I gave Pokemon Go there for a while, shortly after my first detox to 'help' me with motivation to get out and run. But I found it constantly took me out of the moment and I wasn't enjoying the run for what it was, so quit soon thereafter.

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Hard agree with the other folks here. For me, the issue with addiction wasn't an active hatred of what I was doing so much as it was just a flat inability to care. Of course I knew it was bad. Of course I knew that I could have, should have, ought have been doing something more productive.

Just in the moment, I really didn't feel any of that in any meaningful way. It was a game. It was fine. The consequences weren't immediate, weren't real - And, if they were, by God I'd better play a game so I didn't have to think about them. Addiction's like that. You find yourself doing something without really knowing, in the moment, why.

Edited by Commissar
'Addiction' is not 'addition.'
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