Opinion: Gaming can be distracting, so a healthy routine is vital

Whether it's a hobby or a game, it's important to manage your time in a healthy manner

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By Maxim Fossey

Video games are often painted as a negative impact on people who play them as a hobby. While for many, like myself, gaming can be just a time to spend by yourself and be carefree for a few hours. But it can get in the way if you are not careful.

When I was in high school, I got easily distracted and played countless hours of different Call of Duty games. Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare. Those brought me great memories playing them online alongside my high school friends.

However, at a certain point in my high school years, there was one thing that caught my attention– my grades dropped. I decided to simply put aside the controller. Of course, spending time on video games can be seen as addictive because of the competitive aspect of it.

When you play a session you always think to yourself, “just one more game,” until you are completely satisfied with your online record and stats. For example, I was never satisfied until my ‘kills per death’ ratio went higher on Call of Duty, which meant more distractions away from my assignments.

With the rise of Esports and popularity of games such as League of Legends, people can spend countless of hours on online games, professionally too. Of course, people can still enjoy playing these as a hobby, but be careful about getting not into it too much.

Some people may use video games as a sort of coping mechanism. Craig Lee, a clinical counsellor who specializes in overcoming video game addiction said that people who come to him use gaming to get away from negative emotions such as loneliness, depression and anxiety. And they continue to play games even though it’s impacting their life in school, work or relationships.

While gaming certainly is a great way to spend your spare time, it can definitely catch you off guard. Rank up those stats all you want, but I’ve learned to do it in a moderate way.

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