Recently, I tried out a few games of Chess on the computer. However, I didn’t enjoy getting beat almost all of the time by the computer.
So, when I saw my grandchildren playing Hearts, I thought I’d try it. Years ago, I played Hearts with my friend from high school and her husband. They were very competitive and quite the card players.
In the last few days, I’ve been playing Hearts all the time. I’ve played 24 games and won five, a rate of 20 percent wins.
When I got up this morning, rather than checking my blog stats, the first thing I did was play Hearts. I’m not getting very much else done.
Am I addicted to video games?
Here are the top five signs you need help with gaming or Internet addiction from Video Game Addiction.com:
- You feel really happy when you're online or when you're playing games, but as soon as you have to stop, you get angry or upset.
- You think about going online or playing when you are supposed to be focusing on other things, like doing school work or having dinner with your family.
- You spend more time with your keyboard or controller than physically hanging out with your friends.
- Your friends or parents ask what you spend all your time doing, and you lie about it or laugh it off, but inside you know they may have a point.
- You get up in the middle of the night to check your e-mail or your MySpace comments because you're having a hard time sleeping.
Well, I’m not in trouble yet with video games. However, I could be addicted to blogging…
See Video Game Addiction.com for other information about gaming and Internet addiction.
Copyright 2010, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist