If you are on Facebook, a social networking website, chances are that you may already be addicted to free online games, and if not, then soon you will be taken over by Farmville or the likes! Lately, I have witnessed many of my friends hooking up to this apparently very addictive game on Facebook. I am sure they love collecting the horse shoes or mending the fence around their farm house, but truly their previous physical activities (if any) have been taken over by this dreamworld farm where you raise pigs, cows, and what not, and hope one day your cows will start giving milk and your chickens would start laying eggs and your vegetable farm will show the fruits of your hard online labor – and by selling all that you will eventually become a rich farmer.
I have no qualms with online games like Farmville: yes they may give you an engaging experience and perhaps self satisfaction of owning and raising a farm. However, turning you into a beggar, asking other folks on your Facebook contact list to spare some horse shoes or adopt a cow that you found abandoned, now thats difficult to digest. Friends and family members that you have long respected for their mighty ego, self esteem and great character are suddenly turned into farmers who are now requesting you to give them imaginary stuff in a very serious way. I know a friend in need is a friend indeed, and I can see helping a friend out in real life, but what if you keep on helping them on Farmville and when in real life they require your help, you are totally irked by the idea of helping them anymore. I think thats playing your cards not wisely all Farmvillers!
Anyways, I just see all these Farmville requests or achievement badges everyday on my Facebook status page, that make me wonder whethere I am losing out by not joining Farmville.