Originally Posted by bolcs5
IMO I think this post is not really about "being addicted to poker".
The others went through on your other words.
I think yes it is a serious problem that you play that much poker. It's not about poker, it's about your free time. It seems like you really have no goals in life - maybe in depression. And so that you say probably you would just watch TV instead, it makes it worse.
How about reading a book? Or going to cinema with friends?
Or if you are so addicted you should try live game, it's more fun, you can meet people, and you love to play so-perfect.
Why is TV the only option???? It seems like you are running away from your life, TV or Poker - you think that's all what life is about?
"I just play when i have nothing else to do, which is often."
Please just re-read this sentece. And think about it.
"I've been single for a lot longer then i've been playing poker..."
And this one, it sounds like you're not really trying to get a girlfriend (maybe I'm wrong here, then I appologies)
So I'm sorry for being this hard, but I think you do need help.
All the others could get along with smileys and all, but I can't.
You can defeat yourself saying I'm wrong, and everything is OK, I'd be happy.
I'm a very fortunate girl, that I'm happy and I'm in love with a great guy, just imagine that he often plays me Love You from Syd on guitar, and now compare this to stering at a monitor alone and playing poker.
While I didn't take this thread nearly as seriously as some of you seemed to, meaning it more as a joke as anything else, the point being that one has to be at least a little addicted to poker to be truly good at it. Whatever problems I may have, gambling is not one of them. having said that I had to respond to your post, because essentially, you're absolutly right, though I do read books (and not poker books, never been able to get into them), and if you've ever seen modern American films, you'd understand why I don't go to the cinema very often (see the Snakes on a Plane thread... no offence...). I don't have many goals in life, or at the very least I don't take the goals i do have very seriously (though i don't see a probalem with that), and i am depressed, but i'm used to it (and don't even bother telling me how pathetic that statement is). But believe me when I say that i don't think poker is what life's all about. nothing could be further from the truth. Poker is just a silly game, though so is life, only a far more meaningful one. and i don't spend much time trying to meet women. i'm shy, what can i say? i can't help it. i always have been. I envy you for your happy life and i wish you all the best, but I am a solitary person, I always have been, and i fill my days as best I can, doing things that I enjoy. here I am, pouring my heart out, but again, I have nothing else to do. Though rest assured, I am going out tonight, to a local end of summer beach bash my town holds. I'll probably play a couple HORSE SNG's when I get home.... but heck... baby steps, baby. i'll survive.