For Parents: How do you help your son/daughter quit playing video games? The tragedy is that many of the people playing video games night after night are aware of this too! (If this is you, you’ve come to the right place.) One night you decide you have had enough and you try to quit. The reason they are playing video games is to avoid studying!
Maybe you even type “How to quit playing video games” into Google. A bunch of crap that doesn’t work at all, because the people who wrote the articles wrote what the What the fuck? Going to a friends house seems like good advice, except their friends are likely also playing video games, so now you are just making the problem worse, and limiting the time you play never works at all.
Figure out that problem and you have a better chance of getting that person on a treadmill. Now, before I get into the nitty gritty of this article, let me first prove to you that I am a credible source on this topic.
I don’t want to be another one of those clueless people I talked about above giving advice on this topic when I have no idea what I’m talking about.
When you have nothing else to do on a Friday night, what do you do? When you come home tired after working 9–5, what do you do? When you’re looking to just relax for a minute and kill some time, what do you do? And soon this turns into a major addiction, and one of the hardest ones to break.
Disclaimer: this article is for people who have a desire to quit playing video games (or want to help someone they know who is addicted.) If you aren’t looking to quit, then this article is not for you.
If people at my house were playing, I would go do something else.
It took a strong will but I was eventually able to break the habit, and as time went on, it became easier and easier. Which brings me to the first and absolute most important puzzle to quitting video games: You must have a firm commitment to not play them. You must make the decision not to touch them at all ever again.
I didn’t touch a video game at all for almost two whole years. If a friend invited me over to play, I would decline.At least that’s what I told myself at the time, but the main reason (looking back) that I moved was in order .I had just moved into a new house with two roommates who I didn’t know very well.A day or two after I moved in, one of my roommates, Ben, and I began to discuss our previous involvement in competitive video games, specifically the game Starcraft.I mentioned how I took the game very seriously and “was very good”.