Monday, March 30, 2015

The Insidiousness of Video Games

I tried a couple of my sons' Game Boy games, but I was really not interested. I did play some card games on the computer, but the computer was off in another room, so I did not spend a lot of time on it. Then I got a job where the boss put Mah-Jongg on my computer. I was hooked. I could only play when my work was done or after work, but I ended up buying a copy for home.

When I went to college in 2007, I bought a laptop to take with me to classes. I noticed some of my young classmates playing video games during class time. I tried a couple of their games and did stay with one for a couple of years, but my favorite game is Free Cell. 

I do not know about you, but I spend time playing video games when I should really be doing something else - one of the very reasons I would not buy the games for my sons. I think it might have something to do with my ADHD. The games are constantly changing, most rapidly, so they keep the ADHD mind engaged.

I play several on my Kindle and I limit myself to a win for each one, unless it is a game with five lives that I play on five lives. It does not matter. They have their grips on me, because I end up playing several rounds of games each day. And that is why I term them insidious. 

Well, my attention span has ended for this article. I appreciate any suggestions for how to wean myself off video games, please leave a comment below.

- Amelia