well this is a tough question. from what i have seen its pretty positive and its a great way to start a conversation break ice but if thats all you are doing and not going out then obv its not a great for ur social life
Early on online only probably a bit negative as I had little concept of the game, BRM, discipline, or tilt control. These days, mostly positive. There's a lot of commonality between themes in poker and in life and you can often apply what you learn in one to the other.
I do sometimes stay at the card room too long and then I'm groggy the next day. And if I feel myself getting cranky at the table (online or live) due to the action I'll get up for a few minutes.
So these days the biggest negative is being tired after staying at the table a bit too long. But overall I find my poker experiences positive, people socially are interested that I play, my SO supports me 100%, and I have a few friends I can play with or chat poker with sometimes as well. I find it funny that most of the interest in my poker playing comes with people who are fascinated by the concept of poker being played with money and how one manages (esp at live poker where for a lot of non poker players, $200 is a lot) the swings of winning or losing hundreds of dollars in a single hand. And those who play poker don't get how I can go from battling for an $800 pot at 1/2 live to playing as low as 1c/2c online
Patience and discipline are two skills you must master to succeed at poker long term.
Live poker shouldn't truly affect your social life since you get to socialize with others who have similar interests, but online poker could affect you by not using your time effectively. Depends on the persons mentality also.
Thanks to poker, I started to apply their mathematical and psychological knowledge in real life. That was very helpful in the study of human behavior. And I realized one thing, in poker, people are less predictable than in real life.
In my particular case I am very affected by the mood, I get very angry and it makes me sad to lose after a good game throughout the tournament and lose it with bad beats. Then I feel like doing no other activity. In case of winning a tournament I am very happy and wanting to do many things haha
many moons ago i played to much poker to say the least.was playing on fulltilt 24/7.was iron ,iron man ,so hand earn loads of points every day to maintain said level,it had drastic affects on my social life,infact i didnt really have one.now i only play freerolls here and there and the odd buy in plo8 or plo.so no affect on my social life at all
Social life? What's a social life? I don't get time for a social life what with playing poker all the hours god sends!
Ah! I see your point! Only kidding. Love playing poker and see it as part of my social life. It's important though to find time to spend away from the tables to be with loved ones and friends and stay alive to all of the other wonderful things that are in the world..... like pubs, cinema, sporting events, libraries, old buildings, the countryside, etc.
Nothing should get in the way of your social life, but your social life should also not take over your world!
__________________ 'The smallest act is worth more than the greatest intention' (Oscar Wilde)
For me it's pretty positive. I use what I have learnt at the tables to actively put myself into positive environments. Plus talking about poker who don't play or barely play at all is pretty cool, when they get excited hearing about stuff it reminds me how I used to get when I first started winning tournaments/ cash games.
If you grind really hard and you do it for living, I believe it can have very negative effects on your social life. Beucase the best games are played in the evening. So when you are at work (playing poker) most of other people have free time, so you cant get in touch with them. And when you have free time, most people are working during day... Also playing poker for living has to be pretty stressful, and thats also not very good for general mood and social life I guess...
Hmmm with a family it's probably negative, going deep in a tournament is time consuming, go bust before the money etc mainly negative, other than gaining experience. Mood swings to deal with too. On the positive side your playing poker, can't grumble to much lol
Like everything else, poker has its positive and negative sides, but I think it influences more negatively, due to the time I spend studying and playing, but it has its positive sides as well, a slight financial return and my fun.
Like every game we should not let poker dominate us, as long as we are responsible in the decisions we make to play without fanaticism, we will be enjoying poker, not if it becomes an obsecion or addiction
Poker has Introduced me to so many people from all walks of life.I am speaking from a live game perspective of course.The online poker doesn't change much for me other than I might sometimes stay home because I ran deep in a tourney and have to stay and finish
I definitely don't have a social life at the moment, as I'm trying to build my bankroll. In time I'm hoping that poker with give me the freedom I need to spend away from the tables doing other things/socialising.
This being said, poker is saving my life, since I've started playing I've improved my health (cutting down on drinking) and my decision making away from table has greatly improved, just waiting for my bank balance to do the same and I'll be onto a winner. This has come at the cost of my friends and family, hopefully in time this will change. GL all!
It's all in what you allow imo. If you blow off appointments or dates with friends to play than that can lead to negative however all play it's a conversation piece or if you are profitable allows you to do more activities which would be positive
"You can love what you haven't mastered but you cannot master what you don't love"