He was born the year the web went public and cut his teeth on video games. Now this 27-year-old is using a 12-step programme and monitoring apps to try to regulate the excessive tech use that has interfered with his daily life for years.
"I don't even remember when the first time I was on a computer. It was just always a thing, like in my life," the 27-year-old from Washington told Associated Press. "I knew what I wanted to do. But when it came to find a job I was going online instead. I eventually realised I needed help."
Last year, the World Health Organisation added "gaming disorder" to its list of mental health conditions.
"I started to realise that this was becoming a negative thing in my life. I didn’t want to always be the guy that flaked out all the time anymore. I wanted to go out and do stuff with people."
To get off the computer he visits a 12-step support program and uses an accountability app to keep track of his hours on-screen.
The 27-year-old has since found a job, ironically in the tech industry.
Fearing his career might be impacted, he spoke with Associated Press on the condition he not be identified.
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