The Addictive Properties of Computer Games, and how we can use them to help us in Real Life.
I just finished playing Settlers 6 for 30 min, when i promised myself id play for only 5 min, to the detriment of my real life.
Nothing too terrible i cant recover from.
But i thought, why when i play is it always just 5 more min.
It doesnt matter the game, Settlers, StarCraft 2, Command and Conquer, Modern Warfare, these are the recent ones i played, and im sure you can name more.
What is it about these virtual games, that give us nothing in real life, but are so fun, we can burn evenings weekends, all our free time, our entire lives on them.
While ive read alot of research, i think for me the only 5 min more, is the fact that you have very clear, simple goals, you think you can accomplish in 5 min.
Than theres another goal, and another goal, untill you beat the level.
REAL LIFE isnt that clear.
What the goals are, we set, and were unsure about them.
They tend to take more than 5 min, and we get no instant gratification for meeting them.
But what if we could change that picture.
What if instead, we set small clear 5 min goals, were clear about why we want them, how they will help us, and what the reward is for their accomplishment.
That can be a self congragulations, water, or any other reward we choose.
But there has to be a reward or we lose focus stop caring, so to prevent by being overwhelmed by big goals, or even small goals, we can break them down into small 5 min goals, and remember to reward ourselves for each.
Its not easy, but i think its another tool to beat our own procrastination.