Is it normal that i can't stop playing dating sims?

As the title says, I can't stop playing dating sims. Not like a every-minute-of-my-day-is-this kind of obsession, but more of a god-i-really-really-want-to-play-this kind of thing.
I've played dating sims since I was probably about ten, if not younger. Nothing dirty or sexual, just cute "I love you" kind of stuff. I've found as I get older, I'm more reliant on them.
It's pretty pathetic, but I absolutely love getting lost in those kinds of games. I recently played through most of "Cinderella Phenomenon" (a VN, I think?), and I'm scared to finish it because I just don't want the good times to end. I'm absolutely enamored by the idea of someone loving me. I've not been truly in love, to my knowledge. The closest I came was a lesbian relationship when I was 15, and that was over the internet. I've dated both men and women since then, but I always end up giving up on the relationship and ending it in a cordial manner because I'm not truly invested in it.
That sounds kinda shitty, and it is, but it's not like I can help whether or not I'm in love with someone.
I find that I much more easily fall in love with characters in dating sims or VNs. It annoys me because I know that's not normal, and that's really not going to benefit me in the long run, but I can't help it. I get so invested in those things, and I'm on the edge of my seat up until the big confession scene(s).
How do I stop playing so many dating sims and VNs? Or is this just normal???

Is It Normal?
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  • It's even better if the dating sims actually get past the sex. Like it places it in the middle rather than the end.

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  • If it's not interfering with your normal life, there's nothing wrong with it. If you really want to stop, this seems like the kind of "addiction" you can just go cold turkey on. Or set rules for yourself on how much time you're playing it. Whatever.

    "I find that I much more easily fall in love with characters in dating sims or VNs. It annoys me because I know that's not normal."

    I mean, considering the entire purpose of those games *is* to get you to fall in love with their characters, I'd say it *is* normal.

    "I get so invested in those things, and I'm on the edge of my seat up until the big confession scene(s)."

    Well, that sounds fun. Go ahead and enjoy yourself. I wish I could find games that get me on the edge of my seat so easily.

    "that's really not going to benefit me in the long run"

    Okay, but... so? It's good to plan for your future - save for retirement, whatever - but not everything you do should be for "the long run." One day you'll run out of tomorrows and you'll realize you've never really enjoyed your life while it was happening. Maybe playing dating sims doesn't help you in the long run, but it's enjoyable right now. The present matters. There's nothing bad about reading a visual novel and falling in love with a fictional character.

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  • senpai

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  • Its normal.

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  • I had simsfreeplay and had to delete it cause it’s to addictive. I used to play sims on the ps2 as a kid but the app is just to much. I don’t really play games or care much for them but sims really got me. I was more into buying the houses and designing them tho. Unless you’re meaning a different sims.

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