Hi my name is Brian and I admit that I am addicted to World of Warcraft. I am a high school student and I'll be entering senior year in September.My addiction started back in April, when one of my friends talked me into playing it and from then on, I was hooked.
At first my grades and social life seemed alright. However, that only lasted for a few months. My grades started to slip from the A-B range to the C-D range as I spent 6 hours playing daily instead of doing my homework. It got to a point where I skipped classes and faked sick just to keep playing continuously.
I've tried quitting several times. I even went an entire month without WoW, but now that summer's here I find myself playing 20 hours a day easy. It's difficult for me to quit because my real life friends play as well. The four of us regularly group up and play together and have LANs at each other's houses.
I don't know what to do. I need to quit for the sake of my future. I plan to go to college, but it doesn't seem that way. With the way things are going now, I'll probably end up playing WoW and working at a minimum wage job while living at home with my parents. I don't want that. I plan to get a 4 year degree in Business or Computer Science. I want to be successful.
The people I play with tell me that I just need to control myself. And that's the thing, I can't. It has gotten to a point where I cannot go 30min without thinking or playing WoW. I have thought about destroying my CD's and deleting my account, but it seems like a waste of hundreds of hours. And if I do quit playing, how will I be able to connect with my friends. All they do if talk about WoW when we hang out.
So here I am at 3 in the morning, pondering my future. I'm sorry if I typed too much, it just felt so good to share what I've been going through. Thanks for your time.