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Addicted to watching movies

Postby BehaviorChange » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:20 am

During my college days, I watched 2 movies every night. I usually started watching at 9 PM and ended at midnight. During the holidays, I used to watch 5 to 6 movies per day. I could not stop with just one movie. I think, I watched more than 5000 movies till now. The only way I could control my addiction was to lock myself up in a place, where there is neither a TV nor a computer with internet access. I used this technique to prepare for the final exams. This pretty much explains how I got addicted to movies.

Now, I am married and I have two kids. I still addicted to movies. I usually watch movies in the night after the kids go to bed. I watch 2 to 3 movies on most of the nights on Fridays and Saturdays. I sleep around 4 AM in the night and get up late around 10 AM in the morning. I watch another 2 movies in the day time. It is very obvious that I am spending most of my free time in watching movies. My elder son is imitating my behavior by watching cartoons or playing online games. He is slowly getting addicted as well.

I watch movies to escape from the reality and to ignore the stressful aspects of my life. The day-to-day life is too slow and too boring for me. Whereas the life in the movies is fast and exciting. I know that it is a secondhand experience and that it is not real. However, when I am fully lost in the world of movies, the real world seems to disappear. After watching few movies, I feel ashamed about wasting my precious time. But, the next day, I watch few more movies again. My problems temporarily disappear, but my stress levels increase due to the very little time left to solve important issues. I am not able to spend quality time with my family and friends. I am clearly aware of my stupidity, but I could not break this bad habit till now.

Today, I have decided not to watch any movie for the next 90 days .i.e. till 14-07-2019. I will be implementing some of the ideas presented in TED talks on behavioral change and addiction. In my subsequent posts, I will write about my progress. If any of you faced similar addiction and have successfully overcome it, please share your valuable insights.
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