Friday, March 15, 2013
I'm an 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!
This is a re-post. I had kicked the habit for a while, but, now I've fallen off the wagon.....I need help!