What not to do and How to Fix It
While it is possible to balance gaming and education, we can often create an unbalanced school/life system. I had an unbalanced system last year. I played Destiny and I overplayed it, I forgot about education and my grades started to drop and I fell behind in school. What happened was gaming became an obsession rather than a hobby. I went from playing an hour a day to playing 4 to 5 hours a day. It became a need rather than a pleasure. While my fantasy life grew my real life fell, I got so focused on my progress in game that I forgot about progress in real life.
I eventually determined it was time to change my gaming habits. I decided to earn my gaming time, and use it as a reward for other accomplishes in real life. I put into place a system, if I studied and passed a quiz, I earned some gaming time, If I finished my work, if I had a good day at school, I earned more time gaming. I used this rewards based system until I learned to balance my gaming habits and education and I found that it not only helped me in school but helped with my self-discipline.
Now Gaming Helps Me
Now instead of running my life, gaming is something that helps me in school and life in general. It gives me a break from the stress and struggles of life. Sometimes after taking that massive quiz you need to smash some fences in Forza Horizon 3 or shoot some aliens in Halo. It eases my mind in the greatest times of stress and helps me to reset and recharge. This much needed recharge is something we can all use in our lives. Sometimes life gets hard and it's good to take a step back and reassess/recharge, gaming can be a great way to that. Particularly if we balance it in our life.
What I Learned From My Experiences
I learned from my experience that while gaming can be a hobby, hell even a passion, and still remain a healthy part of our life. It's only when we let it trail off into an obsession that it can hurt us rather than help us. I'm not here to preach about the negatives of gaming. I'm here to tell you to make sure that we have a healthy balance of it in our lives. Gaming is positive, and I love it, and my love for it has grown as I've discovered how to properly balance it in my life.
I'm 15 and I'm from the iceberg that is Wisconsin. My generation is where my older brothers grew up outside playing in the mud I grew up with Battlefront and Smash Bros Brawl.