I am 26, female and I think I have an addictive personality when it comes to games but ONLY games. I can overindulge in other things once in a while but still lead a balanced life otherwise. I have gone through several cycles of Sims 2 addiction, then facebook games, Tsum Tsum and finally Sims 4. And I have had Sims 4 only since the toddler update which I realize was less than a month ago and I feel like it really hit me hard this time.
Now I do have plenty of hobbies. I'd write fiction and post it online, read, do math on Khan academy, watch old movies and Tv shows, research about my favorite singers Elvis Presley and Loretta Lynn (yes, I'm a little... unusual), paint by number, scrapbook, nature walks or just lay in bed and listen to music or daydream. I was never bored without video games so the lack of things to do is not the problem. BUT- I have to add that I always do get depressed and listleless in the winter time. January and February are probably the worst because in December, Christmas will at least keep me busy. But by January it feels as if this cold and the bare surroundings have lasted too long and I get restless and often too depressed to go out at all. I will be cold all day (this is not a medical problem as it goes away every spring). I want my hour long nature walks back but it doesn't have the same effect in the cold.
So in the middle of a bount of winter depression I'm chatting with a friend who was excited about toddlers in Sims 4 and told me that they were having a free two day trial. So I downloaded that horrible trial and ever since I did, I have been thinking of Sims 4 non stop. I have no just been playing it but also searching around the internet to fix my game, which keeps crashing because of low memory even though I have 6 GB ram. I don't even like the game. It utterly bores me and I am obessive compulsive about it. I would be like that with my writing, my paint by number and scrapbooks too but it feels like less of a problem there to want things "perfect". I cried because I did not have enough room for mountains of custom content and because I forgot to add one toddler as one of my sims children which had little to no effect on the game but bothered me enough to remake that family and replay hours to get them to the same level again. My friend who recommended the game said to "adopt as care dependent" which was not good enough for me either because it wouldn't show her as the mom in the family tree and she'd never like him as much as the other baby and they were meant to be twins... those aren't real people and writing this out I realize how crazy this sounds.
I have uninstalled Sims 4 and I would delete my origin account, but my mom was home sick and saw me play and wanted the game. So now she has the game on HER laptop and is using that origin. She is not an addictive player, so I don't worry about that but I do hate the idea of being around the game at all. I also deleted every sims person I followed on youtube. Today I have done chores, read some and gone through the stories I was writing pre Sims taking over my life- and the entire time I have been thinking of Sims!! It drives me crazy that I cannot seem to properly distract myself. I have looked around Sims forums for help but people there will comment things such as "getting a job helps" or "you're just not busy enough. Maybe you need a life" or "Just use some self decipline". Not helpful whatsoever. I feel like people here get it.
Right now my tendons in my shoulder and back are sore from the constant playing- and I'm a person who could do a few hours of creative writing a day with no ill effects so it has been more excessive than that. And I'd never feel so depressed after writing because it feels like I created something somewhat meaningful. When I look at my Sims all I think is "What a waste of time".
Please just tell me that it DOES get better if I stick with it and just keep doing my hobbies again instead of Sims?