Video games are a lot of fun, there’s no denying it, and with better tech than ever being used to create them, they are closer now than in the past to be almost the same as real life. This is something they may never quite manage, and to be honest, that’s a good thing. Real life has a number of benefits over computer games which – currently at least – there is no way to replicate.
Although video games are amazing, it’s important not to overdo it and play them for too long too often. Here are the reasons why.
Your Grades and Work
If you’ve noticed how much your grades are slipping, or how you keep getting passed over for promotion, it could have something to do with the amount of time you’re spending on your video games. They are easy to get sucked into, but there has to be a time limit set so that you don’t miss out on sleep or study time. A video game can be used as a reward when you’ve completed all the tasks you set for yourself, or it can be used as a way to relax when you’re taking a break. It shouldn’t take the place of what you’re meant to be doing though. Otherwise, you’ll regret it later down the road.
The Real World Is Exciting
There are lots of exciting things you can do in the real world that can give you the same thrill as gaming – take abseiling, skiing, running, going with your friends to an Escape Room DC. The benefit of these is that they will keep you fit and healthy, or keep your brain active, plus you can meet up with like-minded people in real life and practice your social skills too.
It Can Take Up Too Much Time
Playing video games for an hour here and there, perhaps more on the weekend or when you have some real time to yourself without any other responsibilities is not a problem. It’s when you are playing for six, eight, ten hours or more, perhaps even forgoing sleep to play, that the problems set it. People are not designed to sit in one place for that long – it’s essential you get up and move around. Sleep is also extremely important; it keeps you healthy.
If you feel you may spend too much time playing video games, think of all the things, you could do with that time. You could write a book, start a business, get outside and be healthy and active. The video games are still going to be there for you when you need some downtime.
You Might Miss Out
Remember when you were a kid and you had dreams of traveling the world or becoming a famous artist or even making a home and a family for yourself? Playing too many video games is going to make all of that difficult. Video games are a great hobby, of course, and if you enjoy them there is nothing wrong with playing them, but life is all about balance, so it is important that they don’t get in the way of what you could be.