Escaping Into Games: An Outlet For Anxiety & Depression

“Just let me finish this” is what I would usually chime when I’m finally being notified to the real world. It’s hard to pull away – and the thing I’m trying to finish could be anything from a full level, to a quick side mission or running to a save point. Then game off, console off and outside to the real world.

So how did I get here? How did I forget what the time was, or that dinner was cooked and now cold, 20 minutes ago? How did I miss my phone ringing, or a text alert, or someone sending me a WhatsApp? Even more concerning – why do I like this happening? Why do I know that when I say it, I actually want to delay leaving… I’ll happily say it 10 minutes later?

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