I know of no attachments more widely addictive to todays worlds inhabitants than the electronic visual stimulation that we are all plugged into. Gaming is just part of it.
I think if you take the widest possible view of this it starts with print media (books and photos), continues to radio, cinema and television, internet-connected computers and eventually the smartphone. They become gradually more addictive, although arguably computers without social media are less harmful. The era of always available Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube seems to have made this addiction widespread.
Personally I try to protect myself from this by using as little social media as possible, but I still find it hard to limit my forum use. When I go to visit my father and don’t have my tablet with me, I still log in on my phone, and suddenly my phone use goes up by three hours a day. Dropping forums completely I would expect to create some withdrawal.
I find the ‘Screen Time’ indicators on my devices and the weekly usage stats a great reminder of how much time I spend with devices.
How does this feel for you?