Time wasters, Addictions
I was addicted to computer wargames. They were taking over my time and my mind. I tried many strategies, but eventually had to just get rid of them all. Nothing else worked.
Next, I got hooked on Free Cell, though not as bad. It’s gone from my computer now.
Currently, I have chess and poker on my iPhone. I only use them at opportune moments and briefly. I don’t think they’re a problem, not yet.
But there are other things I could be doing it at those opportune moments. My iPhone has good programs on Spanish vocabulary and on the guitar fretboard. My current strategy is to make myself do those before I turn to the chess or poker, usually. Sometimes I work on all the cards that I carry in my shirt pocket which constantly need updating.
There are many good strategies for dealing with these temptations – set a specific time to indulge, set a timer for when to stop, and others. Good strategies, none of them worked for me. Or for Homey, whose post about time wasters prompted this post.
There is nothing wrong with these time wasters. They can be beneficial when they provide a break and relaxation, and many of them keep our brain active and stimulated. They provide reward, a sense of mastery, and escape. But when we have lost control, when they take over, that is addiction. And we can’t do just a little bit.