7 Days without my Xbox 360 a week without video games
Well it’s been a week since my original post about giving up my Xbox 360 for 30 days.
And for you awesome souls here is my 1 week update after not playing my Xbox for 1 week, note I didn’t say video games.
The first day was simply spent putting the Xbox away and declaring to my gaming friends I was going to spend some time away from the Video gaming lifestyle. So started pretty easy, but then I noticed I was spending up to an hour a day playing games on my smart phone, so I quit my Xbox 360 gaming but only to shift more of my time on to my smart phone playing the flash games on there.
Smart phone game addiction, the problem with these games is your always trying to aim for the next perk or the next achievement. I was playing a temple runner game long in to the night my hands aching and my eyes tired and sore. I was playing the game over and over trying to beat my previous score.
Here is a tip check how long you have spent on the game and think was it worth it? Am I enjoying this? I had only just installed this game a few days previous and I had already clocked up over 6 and a half hours playing, even my thumb nail seemed painful for the constant pressing of the screen. I looked at how much I have achieved on this game and how close I was to the next award.
I paused for a long time over the delete application button. Panic I wanted to stop this game , it was playing on my mind, I was thinking about the game, why delete it I could have it just in case I get bored sometime , I can come back to it in one month Blah blah..... delete.
Just stopped those thoughts right there , what was I thinking I don’t need this game that much , my life was just as good 1 week previous before I installed the game on my phone so I got rid.
7 days without Xbox 360 and approx. 4 days without games on my smart phone.
So what have I done thus far, I was very bored and I have slept allot and felt a bit depressed. I have started to think more about my life while I stare at the wall instead of the TV; Think a problem with gaming its all time spent with the screen addiction. More and more time spent looking at the screens around the home, my eyes are getting used to just being focused at a set point in my vision.
Went for a walk for a few times in the last week, jut to adjust to looking at objects from different distances, starting to feel better.
Are video games relaxing? , I think about the times I was playing video games were they really relaxing me or just stressing me out more. Trying to run around on COD and BF3 trying to not get shot and trying to kill the other person before they killed me, I was wired and buzzing , tweaking like crack head . Rushed of adrenalin trying to be as accurate and shoot as quickly as possible, duck and reload run jump quickly stabbing the other guy. Yeah that’s really relaxing as I sit here. Thinking of the times I was playing the games a week ago I was more stressed from them, I didn’t come away after an hour of playing a game as feeling relaxed.
While playing games I would think about my life, but now I can just sit on my blog or with a pen and paper in peace and think about the same things.