Archive for September 5th, 2012

05
Sep
12

Realization

I had a somewhat shocking realization this week.

I looked at my total time /played.

I’ve always known about what the total was for each character, but I never took the time to add them all up and find out the sum of the time I have spent online in WoW.  Well, now I know.  It is 340 days.

That’s almost a year of my life spent sitting in front of the computer.  Holy cow.

Further analysis: I started playing WoW during spring break of 2006, so somewhere around March 10th or so of that year.  It has been about 2371 days since I began.  According to /played, I have spent 340 days online during that time.  That is 14.3% of my life.  Translated further, that equates to an average of 24 hours per week or about 3.4 hours per day.

That is a very sobering statistic.

I don’t consider it time wasted.  As further context, I watch essentially zero television.  I know a lot of people who spend more time in front of the TV than I do in front of WoW.  In addition, I am a teacher and I get a lot of free time over the summer when I can rack up a lot of playtime, so I don’t actually play three hours every day.

Also, before anyone gets all judgmental, this is not time taken away from my kids and family (well, mostly).  I put my kids to bed at 8:30 and then I have about 3.5 hours before I go to sleep myself.  That’s my prime gaming time.

Still, the idea that I spend that much time in game is a little shocking.  Does it make me want to stop playing?  No, but I think I can try to use this epiphany to establish a little more balance in my life.  As the GM of a large guild, there was once a time when I felt guilty if I took a day off from the game.  I used to think that any day I wasn’t online would be the day that drama happened.  I have realized that this is not the case, and that the guild will continue to roll along even if I take time off.  I don’t play every night any more.  I often take weekends off.  I am certain that my time spent in game over the past year is not nearly what it used to be in previous years.

I do think I’m going to uninstall the add on that gave me my total time /played, though.  Maybe I’m better off not knowing.

 

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