Queen’s guitarist Brian May believes that too much love will kill you. Heck, he even wrote a song with the same title. Now, whether you agree or not with this premise is, of course, all up to you.
One thing I know though, too much of anything can be bad for both you and me.
I’d even dare to posit that this is time-tested wisdom that never fails. My grandma had told me that at least once during her lifetime. My mother did, too, as I was growing up. And now, being a mother myself, it’s my turn to pass on the wisdom to my own kids.
Operative word: Moderation
If you haven’t already heard, there was news from last year about a woman whose Coca-Cola addiction may have contributed to her death. In all fairness to Coke, aside from the more than two gallons of Coke she consumed daily, the woman had poor eating habits and smoked 30 cigarettes per day.
There was also news of the death of a teenage gaming aficionado in Taiwan who died after 40 straight hours of playing Diablo III. Forty straight hours, imagine that! No eating, no sleeping, just pure gaming.
Coke or any soda product for that matter, in and of itself, isn’t bad – as long as it’s taken in moderation. Similarly, online gaming can’t be bad as long as it’s done in moderation. Yes, the operative word here is “moderation.” In other words, balance.
I’ve been asked quite a few times what my perception is of online gaming, specifically sites such as the likes of http://www.cheekybingo.com. Personally, I stay away from them, much the same way I distance myself from most Facebook game apps like Pet Society, CityVille, FarmVille and all those Zynga-powered Villes.
I’ve been there, done that once upon a lifetime. And now, I have to stay away because I have this capacity to get hooked – addicted, if I may say so bluntly, that I can potentially lose sleep over them.
Then again, let me just make it clear that, at least in my opinion, it isn’t bad to visit these sites once in a while, as long as you’re of age and you’re perfectly aware of what you’re doing. Too much work and too little play makes Jane a dull girl, remember?
Just as money per se can’t be bad, these sites are there to keep you entertained. The only question is, would you be psychologically and emotionally mature enough to restrain yourself when restraining is most needed?
That said, before you venture into their territories, know yourself, your capacities and your limitations. If you can’t establish a distinct line between when to continue and when to stop, it’s probably best to try something else for fun. There definitely is no shortage of other avenues.
My little girl has a classmate whose mother is a casino frequenter. The mother has, unfortunately, morphed into a gambling addict that she even had to resort to taking away her own kids’ money just so she could go to the casino and play. As a result, the classmate left her mother’s house and lived with her grandmother instead.
The moral of the story: Parent or not, never dare cross any boundary you know you would have trouble backing away from when the time comes. Really, too much of anything can be bad for you.
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