Videogames????? and porn addiction

Discussion in 'Gaming Addiction' started by UsernameTaken, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. UsernameTaken

    UsernameTaken New Member

    can i use videogames as a substitute for porn addiction?everytime i have urges i play videogames now. will getting a videogame addiction still bhe better than a porn addiction or should i stop both?
     
  2. UsernameTaken

    UsernameTaken New Member

    the reason why i say this is because dopamine is also released while playing videogames
     
  3. gildarts

    gildarts 20 y/o Male

    Only porn can be bad for a porn addicted.

    Maybe video games can increase dopamine release in brain but thats exacly what exercise and meditation does aswell.
    Video games is most likely not affecting your porn addiction.
     
  4. lookingahead

    lookingahead To restore my inmost being. Staff Member

    While video games may not directly make porn addiction worse, I highly recommend giving them up at least temporarily while you reboot. I believe it can make you reboot faster. You need to get off of all digital screens as much as possible. Recovery requires an entire change of lifestyle. The more video games you play, the more you are training your brain to react to what you see on a screen. Granted, video games do not trigger a sexual reaction like porn does, but they still overlap. In my own experience, I grew up playing video games ALL THE TIME as a kid. I can't help but feel as though I was just preparing and conditioning my brain to respond so strongly and naturally to porn when I first discovered it online.

    Video games are not a good substitute for porn. Instead of playing video games when you're horny or bored, do more wholesome and helpful activities such as exercise, meditation, socializing with real people, etc.
     
  5. Aaron

    Aaron New Member

    I have found excessive use of video games to be a catalyst for relapses. On the other hand working out decreases my chances of relapsing. But that's only me, you might be different.

    Try it for yourself and if it works great, if it doesn't, stop playing them!
     
  6. SteveA

    SteveA New Member

    Good question.
    It depends.... f.e. if you do have good social contacts and really spent time with other real people then you could play also some time video games (VG)
    But if you are closed in your room all the time..... then its dangerous I think!
    1. the step from VG to jump to some P web page is 1 click away only!
    2. I experienced that you can get urges when you fail in the VG (if you are not successful in the game you get frustrated and urges can be the reaction)

    If you cant control this play VG only together with someone, or when someone is in the room or near to you.
     
  7. MovingOn

    MovingOn New Member

    I used video to help through no PMO for a month. Playing really fun games really helped. But after a month, the craving came back. At the 30 day mark, even playing Crysis 3 (my favorite game), I still got distracted during games thinking of porn.
    For me, It was a temporary fix. Video game can help with recovery (because it offers a distraction from porn), but it's definitely not the solution.
     
  8. potato

    potato New Member

    Me too, the more time I would spend playing them, the harder it would be to control myself. Currently I'm also trying to get through a food addiction, and when that dopamine starts going (even through non porn means) I find it really hard to stay in control.
     
  9. zombieguy

    zombieguy New Member

    Videogames cause me the same problem porn did in that I lacked motivation to do anything else.
     
  10. tsmith1302

    tsmith1302 Active Member

    I think video games can definitely help, in moderation. But if you start playing them all the time it could create a separate problem or get so "boring" it leads you to other stuff.
     

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