There's no denying that gaming is often used as an escape from a difficult reality, even to a harmful extent at times. I know I've been there. There would be times where all I'd want is to get out of my house and live; meet people, make memories, experience things. But I wouldn't know how, so I'd simply slip back into my safe place. I don't feel that way currently, but I'm curious if other people have had experiences like this. There's also the matter of just shutting out the world entirely, which I'm guilty of doing a bit. I'm in a long distance relationship, and often times I'll just ignore her or put off talking to her and instead play games. It's pretty sad.