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    Posted: 11/08/2019 at 1:51am
It just took a couple hours in a rec centre for me to get sucked in and the rest is history :(
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Same story hereSmile
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The sound of the ball bouncing on the racket and table..... 
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It men's warrior instinct makes us feel good when winning the point. I can't stop comparing TT with foil fencing fight. Same stuff - defend, attack, outsmart, move. And pretty fast :)
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I think it's similar to the addiction of playing video games. Quick reactions and decisions in a high pressure environment. In TT, one uses physical body movements instead of pushing buttons.
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I just do it for the babes
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For me it's the challenge of the sport that I'm mentally unsuited to play.  I will not quit until I become good.  Plus it's a lot of fun to play.  
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Because it's easy to be good hard to get better 
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Originally posted by hunkeelin hunkeelin wrote:

Because it's easy to be good hard to get better 

It is such a diverse game with varied styles, equipment and strategies (at least at my lower amateur level).

There is always something to work on; to improve.

It is also a game where you can lose (a match) but yet have positive feed back from winning a game or even from just winning one point. 
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It's addictive because when I play, all the women stop doing whatever they're on to watch me. It is a bit embarrassing at first but I got used to it overtime. They know I'm married so very few try to make an actual move and it's easy to get rid of those who dare: when they become too pushy I propose brofist to them with my free hand which conveniently has a finger with my wedding ring on it and, seeing my head down, eyes up and flat smile in a "get it now?" attitude, they stare at me on eye contact with a slight blush and then go away giggling in quick little steps.

Why would that be addictive will you ask me? well...because a few losers who go home to masturbate would love so much having those opportunities and I am in heaven watching them desperate and wondering: "how does he do it?", every single time it makes my day.

OK J/K I am just playing hunkeelin lol
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Originally posted by heavyspin heavyspin wrote:

I think it's similar to the addiction of playing video games. Quick reactions and decisions in a high pressure environment. In TT, one uses physical body movements instead of pushing buttons.

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Originally posted by ZingyDNA ZingyDNA wrote:

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Originally posted by heavyspin heavyspin wrote:

I think it's similar to the addiction of playing video games. Quick reactions and decisions in a high pressure environment. In TT, one uses physical body movements instead of pushing buttons.


Agreed. When i used to play fps video games, in high pressure situations you get a rush of adrenaline, your heart starts to race and your reactions become that much quicker. The effect lasts a very short period of time but sometimes i get a very similar feel during an intense TT rally.

On the other hand TT to me becomes almost depressive because you cant play to your fullest potential when chronic injuries limit your game. CryCryCry


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There is something hypnotic happening the longer the rally lasts. The value of any given point increases exponentially with the number of times the ball is returned successfully within that rally; the point becomes alive and slowly emerges from limbo to live an existence of its own, of which we are the mere accessories. The point eventually raises itself to anything that is relevant in life, the descent and landing might or might not go well but being there is great no matter the ending, that's all what matters.

BTW it's so sad when we miss our serve right after winning one of  the greatest point in our life. The 2 points have the same value but the perception of them is so different. Recouping quickly after winning a great point is as hard as doing so after losing it.

That's why the 3rd ball all out attack was killing the game in the mind of the people who introduced the new serving "do-not-hide-the-ball" rules, increased the diameter of the ball and changed its composition. Slowly but surely, table tennis was becoming closer to playing darts as the rallies shortened.

I believe we are living a much more stable time now, we see long rallies more often at the higher levels and less all out ninja blows on a serve receive or a 3rd ball.  

Longer rallies are the essence of the game to me, that's what we really enjoy, those chemicals cooked up by the brain to please us when the rally last longer and  that we don't, we really don't want to lose!


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This is a billion dollar question
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I think it has to do with linking the act of striking the ball hard and the production of dopamine being produced in the brain, developing in what you call addiction...

"Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in the reward pathway in the brain. Thus, drugs that increase dopamine signaling may produce euphoric effects. Many recreational drugs, such as cocaine and substituted amphetamines, inhibit the dopamine transporter (DAT), the protein responsible for removing dopamine from the neural synapse. When DAT activity is blocked, the synapse floods with dopamine and increases dopaminergic signaling. When this occurs, particularly in the nucleus accumbens,[35] increased D1[32] and decreased D2[35] receptor signaling mediates the "rewarding" stimulus of drug intake.[35]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine_receptor#In_disease

I sort of get what the paragraph is describing,
but Robert Sapolsky explained it much better in his Human Behavioral Biology class.

I just think that when you hit the ball, you naturally are producing dopamine. No drugs involved.
In this case, table tennis is the drug!

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Originally posted by Fulanodetal Fulanodetal wrote:

I think it has to do with linking the act of striking the ball hard and the production of dopamine being produced in the brain, developing in what you call addiction...

"Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in the reward pathway in the brain. Thus, drugs that increase dopamine signaling may produce euphoric effects. Many recreational drugs, such as cocaine and substituted amphetamines, inhibit the dopamine transporter (DAT), the protein responsible for removing dopamine from the neural synapse. When DAT activity is blocked, the synapse floods with dopamine and increases dopaminergic signaling. When this occurs, particularly in the nucleus accumbens,[35] increased D1[32] and decreased D2[35] receptor signaling mediates the "rewarding" stimulus of drug intake.[35]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine_receptor#In_disease

I sort of get what the paragraph is describing,
but Robert Sapolsky explained it much better in his Human Behavioral Biology class.

I just think that when you hit the ball, you naturally are producing dopamine. No drugs involved.
In this case, table tennis is the drug!

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believe it or not, i haven't played tt in more than 2 months, and quite frankly, i don't miss playing.  I guess I'm starting to value the time spent with the wife more than playing tt
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

believe it or not, i haven't played tt in more than 2 months, and quite frankly, i don't miss playing.  I guess I'm starting to value the time spent with the wife more than playing tt

Why not spend time with wife playing ttWink
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

believe it or not, i haven't played tt in more than 2 months, and quite frankly, i don't miss playing.  I guess I'm starting to value the time spent with the wife more than playing tt



pfffft....I would change the wife.




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You probably haven't played enough, the more you play the less addictive it becomes trust me
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Originally posted by Fulanodetal Fulanodetal wrote:

Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

believe it or not, i haven't played tt in more than 2 months, and quite frankly, i don't miss playing.  I guess I'm starting to value the time spent with the wife more than playing tt



pfffft....I would change the wife.




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Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

You probably haven't played enough, the more you play the less addictive it becomes trust me

I've played tt for about close to 20 years.
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Originally posted by lgxb lgxb wrote:

Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

believe it or not, i haven't played tt in more than 2 months, and quite frankly, i don't miss playing.  I guess I'm starting to value the time spent with the wife more than playing tt

Why not spend time with wife playing ttWink

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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

Originally posted by Skyline Skyline wrote:

You probably haven't played enough, the more you play the less addictive it becomes trust me

I've played tt for about close to 20 years.

This was my response to the OP and playing years don't count it playing years x playing frequency
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