IMVU addicted to a Fantasy World
Until I READ the information on this website about characteristics of addiction to online games & could say YES to almost every question. I thought that what I was partaking in was for the most part harmless. ( and for the record IMVU is just a game !! as much as it seems so real. )
I know I have an addictive personality, this has always been the case, and I throw myself into things with both feet. But addicted to IMVU? Ok, hands up , YES I confess I am, and it is to the detriment of my real life. My real relationships have suffered, as has my health. If I am not online gaming I feel down and depressed, with a certain emptiness inside, and have had thoughts such as life sucks, and real life is boring.....of COURSE real life IS boring, 99% of the time, we wake up we do our daily stuff, revolving around " normal" run of the mill family life, and work.... And let's face it work for most people is just a means to an end, a way of paying the bills, and not anything that stimulates our senses or we actually enjoy doing !
It stands to reason how human beings look for forms of escapism, ways to escape the dull drudge that IS real life. Some people "get lost" in a book or a film... others take drugs or alcohol to momentarily avoid the dullness or loneliness in their lives.
My DRUG of choice has been IMVU and it has been a powerful one, and one who's total withdrawl from at the moment seems impossible, but IS possible due all the accounts of recovered addicts on the OLGA website ! This gives me hope.
What is the pull of IMVU? it is many things to many people, and it has varied a lot in the year that I have been a member. Who wouldn't like to look like a supermodel at all times, ( even when they are roughing it in old Pajamas at home? ) There is little or no effort involved in being able to impress others. Where else could I go to meet people who ALSO look like they have stepped out of some movie set or actually right out of my dreams? Nowhere, because it ISN'T real.
Every relationship made on IMVU is fake, it is an illusion of intimacy nothing more.
But if you find a person whom you click with, and have lots in common with, and actually find yourself getting attracted to, you are on dangerous grounds. And it becomes a slippery slope.
How do I know this, it has happened to me on more than one occasion. Each time, I have not been actively "looking or searching" for such relationships, but as in real life, just by being in a certain place ( chat room ) at a certain time with a random chance meeting, your life can change in the click of a mouse !
And don't tell me you can't fall "in love" online, as you CAN, and I have done, and the guilt of knowing I should not have weighs heavy on my mind and heart.
I did not realise the extent of my problem until reading forums on the OLGA site. I would recommend this to anyone of you here who are having problems in your real life and seeking IMVU as a form of escape.
Get out while you can, while it has not grabbed you by the throat and taken a hold of you.
Do you really want sleepless nights, illness, boughts of depression, aniety? and to lose your zest for life? I wish someone had warned ME before I ever made an account. However until it has actually happened to you,
you would never believe the accounts of lives ruined by such an innocuous little " game".
Thank you IMVU for wasting over a year of my life.
I hope over the next few weeks and months I may be able to tear myself slowly away from your powerful grip, and start to rebuild everything I have lost.
Though going cold turkey on this may not work for me at present. My aim is to limit the time I log in to IMVU and try to start up some hobbies in the real world. And get my life back.
Anyone who is struggling or has struggled with IMVU themselves is most welcome to message me, I would love to support you as you too begin to see the light !
It finally is