I’m a computer game/videogame/TV junkie. Every time I go on
the computer, I become a zombie. I shut out my parents and friends, and they
get really angry when they have to pull me off the computer screen to talk. I
want to save up for an Xbox Kinect, but I know my parents will find me glued to
the screen 24/7. I really want to get over this bad habit.
Dear Game Zombie,
Since you know you’re too glued to the tube, forget your
Xbox. It’s easier to resist purchasing it than to resist turning it on
each day. When friends are over, keep the computer and TV off—at least for the
first hour or two. Do homework or bake pumpkin muffins or take a walk or play a
board game. You can hardly blame a friend for being offended if you ask her
over and then shut her out. Can you tell yourself you won’t turn on TV or the
computer until a particular hour? Can you reward yourself for trying to break
what is indeed a bad habit? When your hand goes for the “on” button, can you
turn around and do something else instead—at least sometimes? Answer: Yes, you
can! (P.S. You’re not alone. Lots of girls—and adults—spend too much time
staring at screens.)
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BY CAROL WESTON ON 10/12/2012 3:52:00 PM
POSTED IN games, addiction, bad habit, kick a bad habit, , advice from Carol Weston