Excessive gaming has some adverse social and economic implications which we will want you to avoid. To determine if your love for gaming has become an addiction, we will like you to answer the following questions objectively:
- Do you feel addicted to gaming?
- Do you put it ahead of important responsibilities like family, school, work or other far-reaching commitments?
- Do you spend all your income on gaming, including money meant for basic needs?
- Have your friends or family members ever had to complain about your love for gaming?
- Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to play lotteries or repaid your debts from winnings?
- Is gaming your way of escape from boredom or pain?
- Do you feel helpless when you have run out of money but still feel an impulse to continue gaming?
- Do you lie about the amount of time and money you spend on gaming?
- Would you prefer to spend your money on lottery rather than other things? Have you become disinterested in your family and friends?
- Do you play with the intention of recovering gaming losses?
- Do you feel unhappy or suicidal because of your gaming activities?
- Are you living above your means just because of your desire to continue gaming?
- Do you find yourself always thinking about gaming and finding it difficult to concentrate on anything else?
- Do you see gaming as a way of getting out of financial trouble?
- Have you lost your interest in your usual hobbies, activities or friends just because of gaming?
- Do you constantly feel the need to gamble with larger amounts of money?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we strongly encourage you to exercise firm self-control over your gaming activities or exclude yourself from playing altogether. You can also seek help from accountability partners and family members.
From our end, we offer relevant counsel and flexible account options to help you manage your gaming experience. These give you control of both the time and money you spend on gaming.
Gaming Addiction Mitigants
To help you overcome noticeable gaming addiction tendencies, we advise you to observe the following:
- Only play for fun. Don’t play with an intention to recover losses.
- Never bet more than you can afford.
- Avoid playing with borrowed money; do not get yourself into debt in order to play.
- Never play when tired or under the influence of alcohol.
- Only play with money that is left after you have made provisions for basic living expenses.
- Set a limit on your deposits or stakes.
- When you win, put some part of the money aside and play with what is left.
- If you find that gaming is damaging your relationship with family and friends, it is time to stop.
- Observe some time-out from gaming periodically.