Posted by: Trizzo | August 19, 2010

Avoiding life through distraction

About 6 years ago I split up with what basically was my first love girlfriend. We’d been together for over 3 years and I was devastated when she broke up with me. Now I’ve moved on with my life since then and I’m well and truly over her. But one of the ways that I made through the long nights before I was over her was to watch films / TV series to distract myself from the emotional  turmoil that I was going through and its something that I realised that I still do today. When I get home from work I watch probably 3 hours of stuff off the TV, make my way through boxsets of Series of Scrubs / Babylon5/X-Files that sort of crap, plus playing computer games when I could have been doing something much more interesting, self improving and social.. . . . so why don’t I?

I’m by no means on my own on this, I know of many others who have similar issues, using computer games to avoid getting out and experiencing life, plus I have heard that for my generation it is quite common for people to prefer to stay at home and socialise on the internet using Facebook and whatever, which is actually worse for us according to research and were more likely to get depressed because of it.

So why do we do this? Are we too dependent on consumerism that we can’t help but buy whatever the latest product we desire, such as computer games and we dedicate our time to playing these to satisfy our expense? Are we too afraid to venture beyond our comfort zone  and experience the world around us? Or has the area around us changed so much that we are now scared to venture out there for risk of being mugged or worse?

For me I have to give this some thought, both for why and what to do about it.

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