I like to play video games, but I don't want anyone to know about it. I keep it a secret because I'm embarrassed. And I'm afraid that if people know that I like video games, they might assume that I'm a certain way when I'm not. I don't want people to judge me. I mean, sometimes I'll spend all day playing video games. Is that bad? Am I addicted to video games? Should I stop?
First of all, don't be embarrassed. You should never feel embarrassed about a healthy hobby (note that I say healthy). You're a complicated person: there are a lot of different dimensions to you. You probably don't just play video games. So if people judge based on one small component of your life, that's their problem.
There's definitely a stereotype surrounding people who play video games. And as we know, stereotypes are definitely not always accurate. Don't let people stereotype you. And if they do, you don't need them in your life! So tell your friends. Don't be ashamed. Maybe they'll even want to play with you.
Think of video games like Netflix. It's totally okay for you to spend your day binge-watching a show every once and a while, right? It's the same with video games. Maybe you want to spend your Saturday playing video game after a stressful week. Or maybe you play all day when you're sick and stuck at home. That's all totally fine.
But if you find yourself playing video games all day four times a week or even playing video games 6 or more hours every single day, we have a problem on our hands. Just like with Netflix or chocolate, too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. Your life should not revolve around video games.
If this is the case with you, you definitely need to seek help. Video game addiction is a real thing that real people suffer from.
According to WebMD, the symptoms of a video game addiction are:
- Playing for a long time.
- Playing video games to ignore life problems, depression, or anxiety.
- Not telling family or friends to hide gaming.
- Getting grumpy when cutting back on gaming.
- Thinking about video games during other activities.
Like I said-- if you're experiencing this, get some help. If not, you're probably just fine. There's nothing wrong with enjoying video games-- but like with pretty much anything, don't let it get too out of hand.
So you do you, girl! Life your life, be happy, and don't pay attention to those critics in your life.