Video Games and Game Addiction

I like to play games. I like to play video games. I like to play at the computer online games or offline games. Who doesn’t? The majority of my friends and school colleagues are playing different games on the computer.
When I am at school, I don’t have too much time to play on the computer, but in weekends or holidays, I am playing as much as I can. At school, sometimes, I am allowed to play, with my classmates, in the breaks between classes. I have the chance to see what games are playing my classmates, and play together if the game is a multiplayer game. We talk about the level we reached, almost like we are in a competition.
I had the chance to participate in our school Erasmus+ project, and one activity was about games addiction. There are different types of games. At school we have educational games, but I like most to play platform games and adventure games, or, sometimes, strategic games. In weekends and school brakes I play as long I can. Sometimes I want to play more, or delay the lunch time, because I want to achieve new levels, to conquer new places, but always my parents stop me from playing. I learnt from the pupils, teachers and specialist presentations that if I don’t manage my time spent on playing videogames, in time, it could lead to games addiction. I have to be aware of the warning signs: spending more and more time on playing video games, being tired, having red eyes, having sleep problems, not fulfilling my school work or task (that could lead to lower grades), being nervous, or not paying attention to things or people conversation.
A task in the project activity was to fill in a table with what we “WANT TO DO” and what we “HAVE TO DO”. It was a kind of time management exercise, we had to approximate the time spent in the activities we want and like, and in the activities we have to do, like tasks (at school, or homework, or other tasks at home, or to help our parents), and after that we made the total amount of time (the sum of minutes or hours spent on each activity).

What I have learned from these exercise? That never the time spent on what I want to do, should exceed the time on what I have to do. First I have to finish the task that I have to do, and, after that spend the rest of the time on what I want. I should organize my daily or weekly activity in that manner. Why? Because if I don’t do that, and do just what I want, like playing games all the time, I could become games addicted, and I don’t want that.
The most important thing that I have learned was that I can ask for help in case of addiction. I can ask and receive help from my parents, my teachers, my relatives, my friends, from specialists, even from NGO’s who have free call centers, or what is called a “help line” specialized in this matter.
But, most of all, I will play with children at my age, with my friends, outside games, like football. Now, the winter is almost here, and I cannot wait to make a snowman and play with my friends in snow!

Cosmin Andrei

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