I mean come on. I had the misfortune of seeing Farmville being used a couple of weeks ago and I was left rather underwhelmed. In fact my whelm has never been more under. What is the attraction?
Now let me just say at this point that I am a total addict to just about anything. I went through my student loan at the bookies, I went through my savings on the bandit at the local cricket club, I had that flaming song from Sonic the Hedgehog going through my head for weeks because it occupied every waking hour of time in my house and I have won the European Cup on Football Manager with a team I took from the Vauxhall Conference to glory in seven short years. Yes I have the addictive personality. (See my earlier post)
Now Farmville. Mmmm Farmville.
I mean what is the attraction? Where is the fun? If I were an actor I would be asking while holding my forehead between thumb and forefinger what is my motivation here? I have friends who spend four hours per day or more asking for nails and things online. I know of others who buy, with physical, real money, imaginary stuff to put their farm together and get things done quicker.
Let me get to the point. I have just read a Tweet by @bartonian, a retweet of @toddkratty:
“Life is short – 2.5 Billion Seconds, make them count!”
Now that might sound like a lot of seconds but bear in mind that about 750 million of them you will be asleep or possibly blind drunk for. Another 100 million you will probably spend reading magazines on the loo. About 200 million will be spent tweeting, creating your social media profiles and worrying about what photos may or may not have been taken of you when you were spending those 750 million seconds asleep or drunk and then uploaded to Facebook. Eating, hopefully about 400 million seconds. Waiting for buses or trains or stuck at airports due to volcanoes around 30 million. Waiting in queues if you live in Spain while trying to do something official, around 500 million seconds… You get the idea. In your few million that remain why on Earth would you want to spend them on Farmville?
And yet get this, there are between 400 and 500 million people who log into Facebook every day and a very, very large minority of that number are checking off their supplies on Farmville.
I am not going to say get a life because there but for the grace of some non existent deity go I, why do you think I avoid it like the plague? But I am going to suggest one thing. The next time you log into Facebook and start doing whatever it is you do on Farmville just think a bit about those seconds that you have in your life and start living more consciously.
Soon I will start suggesting how you can actually spend your four hours per day online rather than playing Farmville. And this all ties in with the current economic situation for many people. If you are not interested just send me a bale of hay or whatever it is you do on Farmville. I will ignore it like I ignore people throwing sheep at me.
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