Believe it or not, it took me quite a while to get from the "hi everyone" line to the point - but not as unnerving as actually admitting that, yes, I do have a problem, and the problem is that I am addicted to video games.
As some of the members here I have been into the video gaming world from as early as when I was six or seven years of age. Being 26 now, a husband of a wonderful woman, and a father of an absolutely adorable almost-three-years-old kid, I have nonetheless been spending more than a fair share of my off-the-job time playing video games. My wife and I had a number of agitated discussions about this, where she would say something in the lines of me not paying enough attention to the family, and I would counter with a very limited and repetative set of "reasons" essentially boiling down to me wanting to relax after a hard day's work et cetera et cetera. And on it went until, at some point, she stated that it was time to choose - either it is the video games or her. It was then when I tried to sort things out by visibly spending less time playing the games, and it sort of sorted itself out - or so I thought. It took me two weeks maybe to return to the exact same situation where I would pick her up from work and my son from daycare, we would return home and I would be turning my PC on minutes after we walk in - all that on a background of my wife mentioning that we don't even talk any more, and saying in this casual-but-not-entirely way that she actually started to enjoy talking to her male co-workers more that talking to me.
How was that for some good news, huh?
So what I did the very next day - after giving myself a mental slap on the head - was simple: I deleted all video games from my PC and laptop thinking "Hey, it's gonna be simple as that".
Turned out not that simple after all. In fact, I was unpleasantly shocked to experience what I came to understand as an additction. You will probably agree with me that contemplating the thought alone (what? I' of all people, am an additct? No WAY!) is hard on you. What you do is face the truth, and decide to gert over it.
So, it's my fourth day video-game-free, and I have set myself a goal to reach 365 full days without having played one for even a minute. That is quite a challenge in itself, but for me it's either all or nothing - and I will do whatever it takes to get through it without slipping once.
After all, it's already 361 days, and time is running forward, not back :-)