You may recall that I jumped from Candy Crush to Trivia Crack. It seemed like an intellectual step up. I was "learning" what I thought was some pretty cool stuff. (Unfortunately, I remember little, if any, of the cool stuff.) It was really fun, until a friend challenged me and promptly began beating the pants off me. Done!
I was nearly dried out, and then it happened . . . a pop-up on my screen with an icon looking like one for Scrabble. Great! I love words! Maybe I'll learn some new ones.
So, still in denial about any latent addictive gene, I was off and running with Classic Words. Haven't lost a game yet on my tablet . . . over 90% wins on my phone, not that anybody cares but me.
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! If you're thinking I was getting too much of a good thing, you're right!
When any behavior interferes with getting the important stuff (like brushing your teeth, finishing that report, cleaning up cat barf), it's no longer a good thing, is it?
And here's where my rationalizing brain kicks in.
I got super frustrated with Candy Crush because it didn't come with instructions (that I found). On the other hand, problem-solving is a critical life skill.
Trivia Crack didn't seem to be a harmful diversion, but as soon as I started losing, I quit. Competition is part of life, even if it's not always fun. Leaders learn from their mistakes and keep trying.
What I like about Classic Words is there's no time limit and letters can be manipulated until a group earns points. The trouble is, I may or may not know the meaning of the group of letters. To me, they could be gibberish.
Is this a rant against online gaming? No. Am I putting down addictive behaviors or bad habits? No.
Chalk it up to the "lifelong learner" in me, but I've learned a lot about myself playing these games:
- My brain has gotten a little lazy.
- Sometimes I give up too easily.
- Order and understanding are important to me.
- Procrastination gets the better of me far too often.
Am I going to quit playing games on my phone and tablet. Probably not. What works for me is to focus on what I've learned about myself. And after the important things are done, kick back and enjoy a little gaming.
What about you? Are you getting too much of a good thing? How much is too much? How do you know?
I'm linking this to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.