I wanted to generate a conversation between all ADHD brains that play video games. Especially those who gamed when they were children and having their parents either setup limits on their play time or allowed them to play as much as they wanted.
Reason why I wanted to start a conversation is because as an adult, I feel like I have a much better hold & self awareness on how long I can play, managing tasks and forcing myself to do chores or other adulting activities. With so much talk about people getting addicted and with concerned parents thinking their kids are playing too much, I wanted to shed light on other ADHD experiences.
I wasn’t given limits on how I could play… “I turned out fine.” I hate saying that phrase because I feel that doesnt do justice telling parents that it’s fine to allow their kids to learn how to limit themselves.
I feel like gaming is a very core and important part of brains lives if they really enjoy it. It’s extremely interactive. It keeps ADHD brains engaged. It does things that no other form of media does. We need to harness and allow ADHD brains to feel like they are allowed to use it.
Forcing limits and restricting kids doesn’t feel like the best way to teach children. But how can we teach children to enforce themselves? So I’m asking the brains here.
- How do you setup limits on yourself?
- How did you feel when growing up with your parents’ rules when it comes to gaming?
- Do you have problems with setting up limits?
- Are there certain games you avoid now because of previous life experiences? Could you try those type of games again?
I myself had a problem with World of Warcraft. It’s well documented in my interview video. But I’m trying it out again. Its been a long time but I’m finding out that I’m stopping myself from playing too much on my own. I’m cooking dinners, I’m engaging with friends still, I’m still going to play sports. Why am I able to do this now? Is it because of previous failures?
What I want is to get those brains, those young impressionable brains that love to game but don’t know how to limit themselves or if they are using gaming as an escape, to teach themselves with managemable failures so they can self teach themselves on keeping a hobby/passion they love in their life.