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  • #609180

    Vogue
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    I stopped playing computer games like two years ago, and then towards the end of last week, I decided to download one game on my phone, and then I downloaded another… basically, five days later, I am really addicted. Thank G-d nobody has the ability to confiscate my phone anymore… but I need to stop being so addicted. What will I do when I start working?

    #950472

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Hopefully, your responsibility to your employer will supersede your “addiction”.

    You can always delete the games, and download an app blocker to disable the ability to downlad games.

    #950473

    Vogue
    Member

    Yeah I mean I only download free apparently. The thing is that I like playing business simulation games. When I was a kid my rollercoaster tycoon was taken away from me if I was not doing my homework when I needed to.

    #950474

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    There’s a free (ad generating) app lock (probably more than one).

    #950475

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    You will get bored of them after a while, It doesnt take long to figure out the game.

    I got addicted to Angry Birds and when I finished the game I was done and didnt want to play anymore

    #950476

    STOP the games.

    I never played any games at all.

    A smartphone is good for email, following the news and weather, checking maps and finding info on public transportation, and listening music and taking pictures/videos whenever you want. I don’t see anything wrong with any of that.

    #950477

    Vogue
    Member

    Right but I sometimes need to relax

    #950478

    Better to listen to music. Also, what can be fun and is much less addictive, is to study maps (of Israel, for example). Add Street View to that. I’m a map addict combined with a pretty good topographical memory – I love studying maps.

    Not for everyone, though.

    #950479

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    TCG

    Im with you, I love maps. I didnt think anyone else liked them

    Ill even read a Road Atlas just for fun.

    #950480

    ZD – Same here, I already did that as a child. For me, Google Earth / Maps / Street View is just the BEST invention ever.

    #950481

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    I still read them.

    It has sort of fed my addiction to see the world (Not sure if that is good or bad)

    #950482

    I wonder if the ideal of “working at something you love” can be correlated with the rise of available distractions.

    #950483

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    You can solve both problems at once by being a video game tester. You won’t be cheating on your employer when you play, and you’ll hate playing so much that you’ll rather read the tax code cover to cover.

    #950484

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    It’s hard to imagine anything less interesting than reading tax code.

    #950485

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    It’s hard to imagine anything less interesting than reading tax code.

    Even section 7701(a)(17)?

    (17) Husband and wife

    #950486

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    That looks like a form of torture.

    What does the last part even mean. Why randomly switch genders?

    #950487

    Vogue
    Member

    I don’t get it…

    #950488

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    The point is that all the code sections that talk about when a spouse pays the other spouse money are written from the perspective of the husband paying the wife. But the law is the same if the wife is paying the husband. So they put in the definitions section that if the wife is paying the husband money, then the definition of wife is husband and the definition of husband is wife.

    #950489

    Vogue
    Member

    KK

    #950490

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    Was that section writen by a YCT grad?

    #950491

    Vogue
    Member

    Mods, there was nothing. Wrong with my previous post, why wasn’t it approved?

    #950492

    OneOfMany
    Participant

    if I didn’t know better that comment would have had me peg popa as a closet feminist.

    #950493

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    Was that section writen by a YCT grad?

    if I didn’t know better that comment would have had me peg popa as a closet feminist.

    Come now, that paragraph is so elegant. It is so beautiful. It so perfectly and easily makes the whole cohesive. (It’s a paragraph. The first number is the section; the lowercase letter is subsection; the second number is the paragraph; the uppercase letter is the subparagraph; the lowercase roman numerals are clauses.)

    #950494

    squeak
    Participant

    “You can solve both problems at once by being a video game tester. You won’t be cheating on your employer when you play, and you’ll hate playing so much that you’ll rather read the tax code cover to cover.”

    Far-side ripoff I think. Though he had the boss yelling at them for working on spreadsheets when they should be playing games.

    #950495

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    OOM: Feminists belong in the closet, regular women in the kitchen.

    #950496

    Brony
    Participant

    It’s not hard.

    Just cut the rope.

    #950497

    WIY
    Member

    Brony

    Good one.

    #950498

    Curiosity
    Participant

    So OP, which game is this that has you so addicted? I’ve been looking for a good Android game! 😀

    #950499

    Vogue
    Member

    There was a virtual island game I ended up deleting it after I wasted $20,000 paying tribute to a statue that I uncovered. There is Also a virtual theme park that is meant to be for cavemen.

    #950500

    squeak
    Participant

    Wow. You should write an inspirational book for teenagers.

    #950501

    Vogue
    Member

    ok

    #950502

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    I wasted $20,000

    Real money, or game money?

    #950503

    Vogue
    Member

    Game money

    #950504

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    So what’s the big deal? Why did you have to delete it?

    #950506

    Vogue
    Member

    It’s complicated

    #950507

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    ok

    #1747101

    Captain™
    Participant

    Also, what can be fun and is much less addictive, is to study maps…

    Studying aviation maps is a lot of fun, but it can be addictive to some people.

    Captain™

    #1747216

    akuperma
    Participant

    One should purchase electronic devices with “off” switches.

    #1747248

    ☕️coffee addict
    Participant

    “You will get bored of them after a while, It doesnt take long to figure out the game.

    I got addicted to Angry Birds and when I finished the game I was done and didnt want to play anymore“

    Zdad,

    I don’t know what you mean, I can never finish my game (BubbleWitch3) every time I get close to the end they add more levels

    #1747257

    farrockgrandma
    Participant

    Just a suggestion (maybe I should try it!) – each time that you play a game, set aside another quarter for tzedaka. It will slow you down, and make you more conscious of how many games are taking up your time.

    #1753320

    ari-free
    Participant

    what I do for all sorts of things of this nature is make a cheshbon hanefesh chart. Make a table in Word with a column for every day of the week plus Total and a new row for every goal you keep track of. Set a goal: maybe you think you can go without it completely, maybe limit it to just 30 minutes or so. Check off if you met your goal the next day and also check off how many times you met your goal after every week, month ,etc

    #1753710

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    What’s the name of this game?

    #1753954

    Yserbius123
    Participant

    Define “Addicted”. There are some games which encourage spending and make most of their money off of “whales” which are gambling addicts that spend 10k+ every month on a game. There are other games which are just really fun and distracting so you find yourself pulling out your phone every few hours for another go round.

    Where do you fall on that scale?

    #1756127

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    Yserbius123, agreed!

    A relative introduced me to a word game that really stimulated my brain to make connections. This game also expanded my vocabulary. I found that playing this game until the final level was a great stress relief.

    Granted, I wasn’t “addicted,” so even if the OP is playing a fun and intellectually or mentally stimulating game, if the game is getting in the way of basic life necessities and/or relationships, there might be an addiction, and thus problem nonetheless.

    #1756434

    What’s that word game, Lightbrite?

    #1758024

    Bump.

    I’m curious because it sounds similar to Codenames, but Codenames isn’t single-player.

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