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Friday, March 15, 2013

I'm an Addict

Me:  Hello, my name is Eva, and I'm Addict.

Game Addicts Group: Hi Eva.

Me:  It all started just a few weeks ago.  I was browsing around facebook and saw that a friend of mine had scored 280,000 playing the game Bejeweled. Every day when I logged in, I saw someone else had scored big in Bejeweled.  Beside the person's name was a pretty blue icon with a red star in it.  It was tempting, a tease.

Game Addicts Group:  Yeah, Facebook is a known pusher.  Lures you in with the promise of game fame, high scores, awards and badges.

Me:  I couldn't resist.  I found my self going to visit the game site.  "I'll just try it," I thought.  "One game won't hurt.  How wrong I was.

GAG:  That what we thought.  We, too, were wrong. 

Me:  That day, I hearned my 25,000 point badge, my 50,000 point badge, and my 100,000 point badge. I signed off, and thought everything was fine.  The next day, when I turned on my computer, I felt a little twinge of curiousity.  Could I earn more points?  My friend had earned 280,000--she was no smarter than I!  I went back to Facebook, clicked on games, and was back at it again.  I started playing again; I had trouble hitting more than 25,000;  I kept trying.  Finally, I reached 185,000.  Euphoric, I logged off and went to bed.  It was 3:00 am!

GAG:  So you were losing sleep, already?

Eva:  Yeah, Bejeweled grabbed on to me fast.  Then, the unthinkable happened;  When I went back to Facebook, my score had been erased!  I broke into a sweat!  I had to replicate it.  I tried and tried, with no success.  The best I attained, after several days effort was 171,000.  Then Facebook did it again; they erased all scores, and I had to start again from scratch.  I'm playing Bejeweled in my sleep.  There's a horn that sounds over and over to warn you that time is nearly up.  The other night I was hearing it in my dreams...I thought it was a tsunami warning and was frantically trying to find a boat to get far away from shore and supposedly out of danger.  I woke up exhausted.  I find myself thinking in threes......eat three of the same cookies; buy three bottles of ketchup; lather, rinse, and repeat in the shower.....I know I need to quit, cold turkey.  Whoops, gotta go.  Hubby just beat my highest score!


Cartoons by Earthmuffin and T.McCracken.humor.com

This is a re-post.  I had kicked the habit for a while, but, now I've fallen off the wagon.....I need help!


EVA

35 comments:

Candice said...

If you start playing farmville I will have you committed. ;)

Queen-Size funny bone said...

It is easy to get hooked

Christy said...

i am guilty of the same thing...i liked it when it used to pop up with a "share" that said..christy has just wasted 15 minutes playing BB...or something like that..it kept me in check. now i have to give myself a limit..
it is so sad...

Tgoette said...

I used to have an unhealthy attachment to playing Texas Hold'em online poker, but then I discovered blogging and never looked back. My wife, on the other hand has gone through it with Bejeweled and Farmville but her current obsession is Zoo World.

I just feed her and clean her and keep her comfortable these days.

Marla said...

Holy Hannah.....12 Step Eva before it's too late and you start playing Mafia Wars too.

Brian Miller said...

haha. bejeweled is fun...but yeah watch out for farmville and mafia wars...they suck you right in. stick with something non addictive like blogging...smiles.

My name is PJ. said...

Have you found a sponsor yet? Have you begun to work the 12 steps?

It's all fun and games until someone puts an eye out!

I know, I know, what did that have to do with the price of eggs?


If you want a big selection of games for free, go to pogo.com.

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

It's scary out there - so many things just waiting to draw you into addiction! Stay strong, Eva - you can beat this thing!
Susan

DJan said...

I blocked all games on Facebook because it annoyed me so much, not being a gamer. Who cares how many points somebody gets in Bejeweled? But I DO care about you, Eva. I hope you will outgrow this addiction. :-)

lakeviewer said...

Oh, it all looks innocent enough!

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

I haven't gotten hooked yet :) But I'm worried that I may start to look like that picture with all my blogging/reading!

Have a great day!

Katherine said...

I am sooo with you. I went through a horrible phase with bejeweled. I measured my entire self worth up against which place I was in against my facebook friends. It's not a period of my life I'm proud of, but it's made me a stronger person ;)

I hope you're able to find a way out!

Steven Anthony said...

those fb games are crazy...stay away from farm ville;)

Fragrant Liar said...

Eva, I have a HORRIBLE time quitting Bejeweled! It's like cybersmack, and the only rehab is to break my computer--and my PHONE!

Help me. I beg you.

Canadian Blend said...

I feel your pain.

I just got over my Farm Town addiction a short while ago.

Kitty Moore said...

Just step away from the computer Eva - come on, you can do it (but come back and write more posts that make us laugh please!) x

Midday Escapades said...

Sounds like my friend who is hooked on farmville and cafeworld. LOL.

p.s. I hope you are one of the winners of the $100 Toothsoap.com prize!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Oh, Eva. I can't tell you how many different games I've been addicted to. I'd finally get tired of one, and instead of quitting I'd just switch to another. Right now, I seem to be blogging instead. Okay, and a few games of FreeCell. Could be worse...right?

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I was addicted to Super Mario Brothers back in the day. I completely understand! I don't play games anymore - once you start it's so hard to stop!

Mocha Dad said...

I love Words with Friends for the iPhone.

Tam said...

Did you see that Dr. Phil where the woman was addicted to Farmville and stopped feeding her children? Maybe this will be your way out of making lunches for hubby!!

gayle said...

I love that game!!! When I start I can't stop!! So I feel your pain:)

sanjeet said...

something like that..it kept me in check. now i have to give myself a limit..
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Nishant said...

they suck you right in. stick with something non addictive like blogging...smiles.
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Unknown Mami said...

I pray that you hit rock bottom soon!

Brenda said...

Thats why I don't even start! Even spider solitare is a problem for me!

Julie Moore said...

My cure? I block any game request and then the app, and don't allow people's game posts to show up in my news fed. Worked like a charm and has freed up a lot of my time! :)

Thanks for stopping by from SITS to say hi. :) Have a great weekend!

Sue said...

I have purposely avoided playing those games because I see how my daughter gets stuck in a rut with them sometimes.

The last thing I need is another reason to be on the computer!

;)

Theresa said...

LOVE Bejeweled! I don't play it on Facebook, though. I have it on my Kindle. I only compete with myself, which sounds really lame as I am typing this. LOL. I used to be extra extra hooked on Farmville, but I finally stepped away and haven't looked back. Enjoy your newest addiction!

Al Penwasser said...

My own personal crack is Words With Friends.
Well, I have another crack, too.
But, who needs to hear that?

misssrobin said...

I had a serious gaming problem with Facebook for a while. It was ugly. I gave up a lot of family time to rearrange my farm or make sure I sent gifts to all my friends who were playing. Up all night.

I gave it up cold turkey. I won't go near another one no matter who asks me.

Best wishes. You can beat this!

One Bad Pixie said...

Going back a few years on this one I know, but I can still sing the damn song from Tetris. From when I had my Gameboy and played it incessantly. I saw pieces falling in my sleep and knew where to put them.

*sigh*

I can relate.

River said...

One more reason for me to stay away from Facebook. I do like the name though. Bejeweled.

anotherjennifer said...

This is why I turn off the game notifications on FB. Stay strong!

Nicole said...

I hear this is a gate way drug to more addicting elements of society. The next level may be but not limited too, eating more than one potato chip,clicking onto a different television station at each commercial break, and then (gasp), nonstop youtube videos. Its a shame you are in this spiral.