How to deal with a #video-game #obsessed #partner

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-1-57-00-pmHe has entered his world. Monsters/soldiers attack him from all directions and he is taking them down one after the other. His fingers clasp the joystick, his eyes sparkle and shoulders slouch. The victorious smile on his face each time he has killed a soldier is a feeling I detest the most.” This must be the description several women go through each time their boyfriend/husband enters the world of gaming. It is not only annoying but also starts affecting your relationship at some point. There are several women, who are caught in the same spot, and don’t know how to deal with the issue. Here are a few tips that you can follow to avoid those unnecessary fights…

Be patient

You are upset. But is it worth it? You might lose your cool at some point and eventually be irritated with him. How about dealing this with some patience? We know it is difficult task, but give it a try.

Talk it out

There are partners, who never raise concerns about their husband/boyfriend’s habit of playing games. Just because you are not asking questions, his habit of gaming is not going to go away. So, speak it out.

Opt for other things

Instead of telling your husband not to play video games, why don’t you suggest other things that you guys can do together? Indulge in a game of cards, watch your favourite sitcom or just take a walk. Do anything that will keep his mind off video games for a while.

Don’t control him all the time

Don’t make a fuss every single time he picks up his joystick. Don’t come across as someone who is the controlling the relationship. Let him have his way once in a while. After all, it is just a game.

Don’t call it an addiction

The word addiction might be a little too strong. Don’t call it that. It is not an officially recognised mental health diagnosis. It might hurt him.

Keep a check on his ‘game time’

Try to understand that it is not not an alcohol or drug addiction. Share your feelings and let your partner know. Ask him to time his games and finish it within the speculated period. He will realise how much time he’s spending on games, which will eventually work in favour of you.

Give him company

Sometimes, you should also take some interest and play the game with him. This way, you can keep a tab on how long he plays. But do this once in a while so that he doesn’t expect you to play with him every single time.


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