Scratching My Head Over Farmville

I have many friends on Facebook that have apps that post their status of things like Bejeweled Blitz or Farmville. I am struggling with this. I need help understanding why these type apps are being used to spend people’s time. I try to have an open mind about things and have never played any game on a computer.

I do have a Nintendo Wii and play occasionally, and I will say that playing Mario Kart over the Internet with my nephew is wild.That is incredibly fun. Teresa (my fiancée) and I call my nephew on the phone and both play him live. That is a blast.

Sorry about that rant. What I need help understanding is watching my friends’ posts that make it look like they are playing Farmville all day or are using their iPhone to play Bejeweled Blitz. Please help me understand.

I need to know if these people are really having fun or are they addicted to games that put money in another peoples’ pocket? Do these people play these games to avoid spending time with their families? I don’t think so. What I need is a logical explanation as to why people are spending their time playing and interacting with these games, and then having their status posted automatically on Facebook. It’s like an automatic reminder that “I’m bored and the best thing I can do is play this game.”

I don’t like Facebook apps that work like pyramid schemes. Farmville gets each player to request things from their friends which does nothing but perpetuate a game that seems to have no purpose. I can’t stand apps that ask questions about your friends and then post to your wall that questions have been answered about you and you have to answer 50 more questions in order to see what friends answered questions about you.

It seems that Facebook thrives on pyramid schemes and chain letters because that’s what is dominating most posts. You wouldn’t put up with a chain letter or participate in any pyramid scheme. So why use these apps. I need help understanding and I am hoping users will enlighten me.

Article Written By,

Robert Thompson
President, Avant-Garde Education