When wealth is lost, nothing is lost.
When health is lost, something is lost.
When character is lost, all is lost.
- Rev. Billy Graham
Although I don't completely agree with this quote, I nonetheless think that it contains a powerful message and it emphasizes the correct ordering of priorities. For example, being poor is not really particularly bad if you still have your health and your character/morals. On the other hand, I would not want to be rich but in poor health and with poor behaviour.
Addiction to video games can cause your wealth to be lost (e.g., by paying for games, buying "virtual" property, being unemployed or underemployed, etc.) and damage your health (e.g., strains in various parts of the body, not eating proper food, being under or over weight due to not eating enough or eating too much, etc.). However, the worst part is often that it can damage your character. For example, I did not behave as I normally would while playing excessively. I mostly withdrew from society and I sometimes lied which is something that I normally very rarely do. I have read posts here of some people even becoming violent, especially if they feel that access to their "drug" is being threatened.
Fortunately, what is lost can usually be found or regained, including wealth, health and character. However, for those of us who have an addiction problem to video games, we need to first stop playing those games and then work on fixing our character (e.g., with the 12-steps program), with our health and wealth also improving as well afterwards.
- John O.
[em]Carpe Diem![/em] (Seize the Day!)