Dear E. Jean: Because of career commitments, I rarely get to see my boyfriend. When we do have the chance to be together, unless we’re having sex, he plays video games instead of talking to me. It’s even worse on the phone: I have to compete with the online gamers he’s chatting with and playing against at the same time! I’ve told him repeatedly how his obsession makes me feel. He just gets defensive and replies, “Why should it bother you? I can do several things at once.” Help me! —Tired of All the Games
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Tired, my trollymog : My sincere thanks for keeping your letter short. I slapped my forehead twice while reading, and God knows, I probably would have knocked myself out if you described any more selfish inanities of this, this mmorpgoid. He lacks character. If he can’t put down the controller and devote two nights a week to you, and only you, then pull the plug. Or, as it’s so eloquently expressed in gaming, when eliminating an opponent…frag the fellow.
This letter is from the E. Jean archive.