Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Cautionary Tale . . .

A little while ago, I received an invitation to join Facebook. It was from a friend I had not heard from recently and I thought this would be a good way to catch up. How naïve this thought was I did not realize at first. 


I was intrigued to discover many people I know with Facebook accounts and happily added Friends and waited for my Wall to fill up! For a little while nothing much happened. I saw a few notices of treasures found and achievements awarded, but they did not make much sense at the time. In the ‘real’ world, however, I began to hear comments about games and other activities on FB. Sure, some of those contained words like “addictive” and “time-sink”, but like most innocents I didn’t think it could ever happen to me!  app_full_proxy4

Then one day, I clicked on one of the treasure notices and watched a brief tutorial. Little did I know that as soon as I thought “This is cool” my life would be changed forever!



Now, I’ve exchanged visiting Facebook once a week for checking on my islands daily – no – three or four times a day to keep my animals from dying of neglect and my crops from withering on the vine! My friends are being pestered with unwanted gifts and requests for food, obscure idols, and Energy! All the while, the ‘real’ world friends find their e-mails unanswered and the family pets wait vainly for attention. At least none of them are dying – yet!

If you have not already made the fatal “click”, take a lesson from app_full_proxy2me.  Save yourself!  Stay with your quilting, stitching, or crafting.  Heed my warnings! I would tell you more, but the evil forces are attacking  and I must muster my troops to defend!


P.S.  Lest you are worried that all crafts are being ignored, here is a progress shot of one of my current projects:P6120011


Sharon said...

LOL - Now have you joined Farmville? If you have do you want me as a neighbour??? If I spent as many hours in my garden as I did looking after my farm - my garden would be immaculate...

TheBlakkDuchess said...

The only way I was saved from the soul sucking games on FB was that I suddenly found myself with no internet access... I was upset at first (Vampire Wars was having a special event... I was soooo upset...), but now I don't even bother with it... There are better things to do with my time. I'm so glad I was able to take that step back.
I'm against any form of addiction; drugs, alcohol, gaming... whatever makes me feel like I can't function without it... So I've made a conscious effort to un-addict myself from caffeine & gaming, and I feel much better for it. I still partake, but in moderation.

Good luck with FB!!! ^-^

Orice said...

Thanks for the dire warning.Though I'm not addicted to games on Facebook, I am hooked on playing endless games of Mahjong. Your warning if far too little, too late for me. *sigh*

Orice said...

None of us are worried that you won't continue your amazing creative projects, even while "farming" on Facebook. LOL