Hello, my name is Donna and I'm a Facebook games addict. I really don't know how it happened. A friend invited me to play Farm Town and that was kind of neat. A few weeks later I got an invitation (from the same "friend" whose neck I would cheerfully wring right about now) to participate in FarmVille. Okay, why not? The merry-go-round got faster. YoVille. PetVille. Country Life. Zoo Something. All of those invitations I managed to turn down.
Then, I discovered My Town on my own. I was simply lost.
What makes reasonably intelligent people sit down in front of a computer and spend HOURS farming virtual fields and building little cities? It's crazy. I've been late for appointments because I just had to do "one more thing" on my farm. Is it the control factor? Is it some latent autistic bent.....mindlessly clicking that mouse? I have no idea. Surely my life can't be THAT boring, can it?
What I do know is this: I have a REAL house with a REAL yard that REAL people live in with our REAL animals. And all of that requires REAL work to maintain. True, it's a lot more messy to manage than anything on Facebook. Real things tend to be sort of messy in my experience. But I think I should remember that it's a lot more satisfying to go smell a REAL flower growing in REAL dirt, even if I can't control how well it grows or how much it blooms.
There's a place and time for games, just not every day. And maybe not even on a computer. Anyone for a game of Hearts?