Amusingly you failed to provide your own definition as to what Introverted means, while insisting my own was inadequate.
People inclined towards Introversion generally find themselves most comfortable in their own company or small groups of people. They generally have no desire or need to be around groups of people small or large to be happy.
Extroverted people can view this as shyness or disinterest but they are simply two perfectly valid personality types. Extroverts by contrast, generally become bored in their own company and generally need to be around other people to be comfortable and happy.
Very generalised but that is essentially what the two mean.
Being introverted simply means you use up energy in social interactions and "recharge" in solitude. Extroversion is the opposite. It's a spectrum, with most people lying somewhere between the two extremes.
Yeah, I personally find this last definition best for me... loneliness and being alone are not necessarily the same.
I treasure my alone time, because it DOES allow me time to recharge. I'm usually processing my social time during those periods, thinking about what people have had to say, and such. I do tend to prefer one-on-one or small group interactions to crowds.
Anyways, speaking more broadly: I'm 38 years old. I've played video games since 1980, pen and paper RPGs since about 1984, live action since about 2000, and Runescape specifically since 2003. What's been referred to as "the gaming culture" has been a large part of my life. Anyone that would tease me for that has been ignored a long time ago.It's not my only hobby, though.
I was involved in some team sports during my youth and young adult years. I really like to fly kites and I've worked with a local kitemaker of some minor fame. I have done gardening off and on since I was in high school. I was involved in computers and home audio for about as long. One very good friend I met through RS was a database administrator and now drives a truck long haul.I know Runescape seems like the scapegoat of the MMO world...
and I'm aware of what the kids think. I started Runescape about when I was starting a family. I went through some really hard times with disability. I was judged pretty severely by this community at that time, and even Silverion had some harsh words to say that ... well, he does not know me a whit, really. Was I in too deep? I probably was. But I knew what was truly important in life.
My daughter, a wee babe when I started, is now a J-pop obsessed "all arms and legs" tomboy and proud gamer girl. She snuck on FunOrb without me knowing, but she knows she's got to wait a few years before I'll let her make a Runescape account. She knows her mom (who had a presence here for a time, she doesn't play Runescape anymore) and I are dead serious about her schoolwork, although we had to jump some difficult hoops to get accommodations for some of her special needs. My son was born shortly before I left Tip.It for a time, and we learned he was high-functioning autistic a few years before I decided to be a little more active under this alias.Both of them are amused by what I do in this game, but anyone that knows me well knows I work hard for these kids.
They know I'm disabled and unemployed, but still do a lot to provide for them.Don't blow your future on this game. It's not worth it. There's nothing wrong with spending some free time here, but it should be in measured, moderated amounts.
Now, someone mentioned economics-- yep, here I go mentioning Duke Freedom again. I still believe that young man has got a future in economics... *if* he wants. He didn't seem particularly inclined to pursue such studies when I last talked to him, but that's okay. At best, though, a game or a simulation won't completely school you on any particular subject.I understand the weight issue...
I've got to lose at least 100# myself. A back injury and years of psych medicine has made that difficult-- but-- the others here have some wisdom to what they say. Consider doing what I did and talk to a dietician/nutritionist. I don't think any of them would counsel you to skip meals. They might suggest some healthy snacks while you play-- cut vegetables, nuts, things like that. Most of it, really, is finding out how many calories you need in a day (for me, it's about 2-2.2K calories) and then figuring out what lifestyle choices you can make to achieve that... forever. Changes can't be temporary; they have to be changes you'll live with.
I've been in the mental health community for 28 years (as a patient) and I have little to no shame saying so. Sure, I'm crazy, and I've got paperwork to prove it-- but there's nothing stopping me from having a fulfilling, productive life, and I have made good with some counseling, finally. I've met a fair number of cowardly and arrogant jerks in my time there, but... there's nothing wrong with asking for some help to get things sorted. You get out what you put in, I think, and I would agree that spending some time would be useful. I am reading a lot by what you say that does have me concerned... anything taken to an obsessive and compulsive degree really is not healthy
, and I'm speaking frankly from my own experience.Kudos if anyone has read this far. I'll leave it right here.