Computer / Gaming Addict?

Before I begin with my actual article I have to apologize for me recent inactivity. Real life is busy at the moment and I also have some problems…nothing to worry about 🙂

However, I think this article is some kind of reflection for me. My mother keeps on saying that I’m a computer addict and that I should see a doc or one of the people at the addiction center. I think and I’m quite sure on this, that I’m not addicted. To prove this I better make a break down on how many hours I’m at the computer, what I do there and so on.

Activity Report

I’m using the instant messenger Xfire which tracks the time I’m playing games. My current amount for this week is 15 hours, feel free to have a look at my profile to see my last 7 days of gaming.
While I play computer games for 15h a week I also work on/with my computer, so add 21 hours for checking emails or visiting websites and 35 hours for working on my own and other websites. If you sum everything up its total is at 71h computer time a week.

Compare: a week has 168 hours

So, what do I do in the time left? Assume I sleep 9h per day, so I sleep 63 hours per week. That leaves 34 hours a week for other use, like eating and doing other real life things.
I’m not one of those people who enjoy going out to a party or something like that. I also don’t play table-tennis anymore but I do ride my bicycle almost everyday, like when I go shopping and don’t want to go by foot.

I believe I just covered the last 34 hours a week…but keep in mind that all these statistics are based on an average day of an average week. Times do vary, especially when I have my „gaming hunger“ or „coding hunger“. If either of my „hungers“ occur I can spend one hell of a time on either playing games or writing php/html code (also known as websites).

Compare with signs of addiction

Let’s compare myself with all these signs:

Psychological Symptoms

Having a sense of well-being or euphoria while at the computer
Sometimes, but who hasn’t? Most of the time I just think: „Man, I wish I could turn my computer down, but I have to finish that piece of work first…“

Inability to stop the activity
I’m able to stop it any time, but who likes to leave work unfinished? Maybe I should get used to that idea to convince my mum that I’m not addicted…

Craving more and more time at the computer
Ok, that’s true. These days I spent most of my time at the computer. BUT I have no work nor did my job education start, yet. So what can I do in my spare time?

Neglect of family and friends
I have some problems with my parents at the moment, mainly due to the fact that I have no job to keep myself busy and earning some money before my education starts. Friends…define friends. I have a lot of friends online, but I never had many friends in real life…maybe one or two… but these friends are now busy with studying or whatever so I lost contact. I’m really sorry about that but that’s the life, isn’t it?

Feeling empty, depressed, irritable when not at the computer
No. I’m actually happy when I’m not at the computer.

Lying to employers and family about activities
Don’t know…maybe? I would like to know which exact activities they think about…

Problems with school or job
No problem with either as I don’t go to school anymore and I don’t have a job…I wish I could go to school again or at least have a job…

Physical Symptoms

Carpal tunnel syndrome
I have no signs of this syndrome so far.

Dry eyes
Maybe they are a bit drier than usual…but I had dry eyes even before I started to use my computer as much as I do now.

Migraine headaches

Back aches
No again.

Eating irregularities, such as skipping meals
Yes, unfortunately. But I intend to change that as soon as I published this article 🙂

Failure to attend to personal hygiene
uh….to a certain degree. I’m not failing completely, but I need to change that, too!

Sleep disturbances, change in sleep pattern
No disturbances, but my sleep pattern did change. Mainly because I’m a member of an international gaming club called New Republic Navy [NRN] and most people there are online when I’m supposed to sleep. So I stay up late and my sleep pattern changes.
That’s another thing I want to address as soon as I published this article.

Wrap up

I believe that I’m not yet addicted although I’m endangered. There are a lot of things I need to change and I better do it before I’m really addicted.

Now, as you read this article…do you think I’m addicted? Whatever you decide, please write your opinion as comment.
I really want to know what other people think about me / my computer usage.

Maybe you also use this article to review your own computer usage 🙂

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