Hobbies aren’t usually something that we think of as a huge part of the grand scheme of our lives. Apart from giving us a way to spend our excess free time and a way to enjoy ourselves, hobbies probably don’t enter into our thoughts all that much unless we’re actively participating in them. So would you be surprised if I told you that it’s very important, whatever your hobbies are, to perform them in a responsible manner
? With some hobbies the responsibility level can be a little lower. If you like to paint or dance, you don’t need to put too much extra thought into how you enjoy those activities: just be sure you wear an apron and stretch before you start. If your hobbies are things that can occupy a bigger space in your mind and involve expensive equipment or money, a little more care needs to be taken when engaging in them. Responsible gaming and gambling (gaming and gambling are often interchangeable terms, but here they are separated into video games and for-money gambling games) are both really important, because failure to plan ahead and act responsibly could put you in a potentially uncomfortable position down the line.
Both gambling and gaming are hobbies that a lot of people like to indulge in, and hobbies that can offer hour upon hour of fun and enjoyment for many years to come! Many people love to play games. However, to ensure that you stay on track and responsible, there are a few little things to take note of. No huge amount of effort is required, and being responsible won’t dampen your fun at all. In fact, acting responsibly means you can relax and have even more fun knowing that boundaries are securely in place. Let’s check out why it’s so important to be responsible when you game or gamble, and how you can do that.
If your favorite hobby is gambling, whether online or at a brick-and-mortar casino, you need to do a little planning ahead to ensure that you’re being responsible with your money and your time. Firstly, let’s look at being responsible with your money. Every responsible adult should have a budget for their monthly expenses, including money reserved for needs such as food and shelter, and any extras that you enjoy. Hobbies fall into this extras category, because most of them cost at least a little something to enjoy, in one way or another. Set a budget for gambling within your overall budget, and stick to it, no matter what. This will ensure that you’re responsible with your paycheck and only use a small portion of it.
Being responsible with your time is another aspect to look at. A hobby such as gambling is one that you should always enjoy fully when you’re doing it, but one that should not take up all of your spare time. You could budget a certain amount of hours per week or weekend to spend indulging in your favorite slots or poker tables. Since your time is important, you should avoid going over your time budget at all costs. This means you’ll have enough time to complete your work, do chores at home, see family, AND enjoy your hobbies.
Gaming is a hobby that can take up more time and money than you want it to, if you don’t plan ahead. As the saying goes: everything in moderation. What this means is that no one thing should outweigh anything else in your life or take up too much time. If you have a little gaming, a little exercising, a little time with friends and family, and a little time in nature (all in moderation), your life will be well-balanced. It’s very easy to get sucked into a game world and forget that there’s laundry to do and supper to cook, but if you budget a certain amount of time for your gaming hobby and set an alarm or reminder to tell you when that time is up, you’ll be fine. In terms of being responsible with your finances when you game, you should keep an eye on what in-game purchases cost in your currency and be aware of what features are free to play and what will cost you extra. Keep yourself honest and you’ll be able to enjoy your gaming time even more, relaxed in the knowledge that you’re playing responsibly.
Staying responsible may sound like extra effort and time spent planning things out, but it’s that planning and effort that are going to leave you feeling secure in the knowledge that you’ve dotted all your Is and crossed all your Ts.