Can you be addicted to DFS?
I saw a thread in the forums where someone was asking if anyone else was addicted to DFS. Do to the nature of the people who post on the forums, it became a big joke and people were acting like they were in a AA class introducing themselves and addicts. It got me thinking, can someone literally be addicted to DFS? This is great time to ask since this is the second slowest time of the year for DFS with the NBA all star break. The slowest time of the year is the MLB all star break because I’m pretty sure there is literally no sporting events taking place at that time.
I’ve dealt with addiction before am not a stranger to the behaviors that go with it. Addiction is a mental disorder and the definition of addiction is “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity”. Gambling is considered the “hidden illness” because there are no physical signs of addiction like there are with drugs and alcohol.
Sure you can joke make a whole line of “you might be a redneck” but change it too “you might be addicted to DFS” jokes. Just for fun here are a few
can you name five players from the Astros and don’t live in Houston? You might be addicted
Do you know who Nick Calathes is? You might be Addicted
Do you play on Thursday when there are two games that night? You might be addicted
Do you get mad when someone claims they are a huge fan of the NBA but didn’t know who all the all stars were before the all star game? You might be Addicted
Have you played DFS golf even though you only knew three other golfers not named Tiger before? You might be addicted
Yes, I’m aware that we all can come up with thousands of these jokes since I just came up with five in under five minutes. But how about asking yourself these.
Has DFS strained some relationships with friends and family?
Does DFS interfere with work?
Have you ever had financial problems because of DFS?
The bottom line is we are dealing with money and everyone is different. I know that DFS isn’t considered “gambling” but a lot of the issues with problem gamblers can be applied with DFS. I already can tell I’m going to get a lot of “it’s not gambling if you’re winning” and if you are, great. Think of how many people actually play DFS, I guarantee there is a percentage of people who lost more than they can afford. Sites offer games with over a grand buy in so it’s not that hard.I didn’t think I had a “problem” because I wasn’t losing money. Then realized that I was developing a major problem because I was losing way to much time. I caught myself spending way too much time building lineups and watching the late games because I was on the bubble with players left. Even though I had to be at work early the next day. I was thinking about DFS all the time and I’ve caught my self checking my phone like a high school girl when I was out to dinner with my fiance. I came home from work and didn’t walk my dogs because I had to watch the grinders live show. And yes, I even opted to isolate myself from friends because I wanted to watch my fantasy team instead.
Think of all the study’s that come out on how much production is lost at work during march madness. For some of us grinders everyday that ends with Y is like march madness for us. Just like everything, you have to responsible.
You may not know it now and I know only twenty something people will read this. But if you are new to DFS play just NBA, pay attention to how you feel this all star break when you don’t have any games to play. I’m just trying to send some awareness out there so some of you prevent things getting out of hand. Keep it fun because that’s what it’s meant to be. Don’t let DFS consume you where you wake up and the first thing you do is open you laptop to check the games for the day. One of the most important things to being a successful DFS player (IMO) is having a balanced life. You’ll find it a lot less stressful.