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Lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced people around the globe to lock themselves in their houses. Online classes and work from home became the new normal. While social distancing and other restrictions helped contain the spread of the disease to a large extend, many people also picked up some bad habits during the pandemic while they were stuck at home. According to a survey by technology company InMobi, nearly 1 in 2 mobile users in India got addicted to gaming during the pandemic. Mostly, Gen X (45 and above age group) mobile users were found indulging in multiplayer games to connect with family, friends, and other like-minded people on the platform, revealed InMobi's 2021 'Gaming Report, India'. Here are some key points from the survey report:
Vasuta Agarwal, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, InMobi, said that there has been a 1.5 times growth in gaming users and over 80 per cent of mobile gamers playing every day.
Among all gamers, casual and card/puzzle/board games are a popular choice whereas the committed players and Gen Z gamers are more inclined towards MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), simulation and action games.
You tried quitting video games, but got back to the habit again after a day or two of no gaming? It is easier said than done because video games affect your brain and behaviour. When you play video games regularly, your dopamine tolerance increases. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in our brain that is associated with pleasure and reward. Video games are challenging, and make players feel a sense of achievement quickly. This is another reason why people get addicted to it. Studies have shown that paling video games also suppresses negative emotions and hence many people turn to mobile gaming as a coping mechanism.
To put an end to your mobile gaming habit, it is important to understand what needs video games satisfy. It will make it easier to find other healthy ways to give you the same satisfaction and avoid gaming. Here are some effective strategies to quit mobile gaming:
If these do not work for you, and you relapse into the gaming habit, seeing a therapist specializing in addiction may help.
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