As an addict by nature, I don’t dare play Farmville. If you have a Facebook account, you know what I am talking about.

I am working on an article about on-line addiction and Farmville seems to be the most prevalent.

I make no judgment as I have my own addictions to wrestle with.
Please tell me: what are your thoughts on Farmville and other forms of on-line addiction?
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20 comments

  1. 'On-Line Addictions?' Up until the last couple of weeks of classes… and final exam week here at Alluvial Flood Plain State University, I had been hooked on blogging… I would read blogs… and then the comments… and then search the profiles of the interesting posters… and the next thing I would know is that the light in the window was sun-up… NOT GOOD! :o)~shoes~

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  2. I don't get it either. I try to stay away from it. My girls loved it at first, but they don't really play it so much anymore. I do have an addiction. It's called Blogging! I've been trying to balance my time in the virtual world verses the real world. Right now, the blogging world is winning, but I am a work in progress and I'll get to that balance.

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  3. Yeah….I don't get really ANY of those things on Facebook. I get so many invites for this and that and I ignore them all. Something about the disclosure that if I DO do the survey or whatever it is…it says that I'm okay'ing them having all my information and that of my friends.A bit too Big Brother for me.That being said, I've a neighbor who lost his job and now is on FarmVille ALL the time. I don't ask.:-)

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  4. I don't get it nor do I have the time to figure it out. I also hated how it was monopolizing my entire fb page, so I blocked it. I spend way too much time blogging as it is, who has time for that crap? Lolalicia

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  5. Personally, I don't much care if your cow got away and I really really don't want to hear about it in my FB feed.Since I live in the Silicon Valley area, however, I have the honor of seeing Farmville billboards along the 101 every day.I still don't get it.

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  6. Thanks all – – keep 'em coming folks! My feeling is that I don't judge because we all have different things we may obsess over. I am just fascinated by certain parts of the brain in different people that different things trigger.

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  7. Yes, it is addictive. Especially if your friends and siblings play it becomes a major competition. I kicked the habit…I traded it in for blogging! I came by via f8hasit.

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  8. I know many people who play Farmville on Facebook. I have no interest in even trying it. I have a FB account, but I barely use it, let alone play games there. I do like to play chess…..a lot. I play against other people online, and if playing a lot is considered an addiction, then consider me addicted. The difference for me, is that chess requires complex thinking and strategy, as opposed to some mindless game.

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  9. Blog Stalking is my shameless addiction… that, and mis-hearing about every other statement I hear from politicians so I can misquote them.

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  10. Oh dear. I have to say I WAS addicted to farmville. I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. Maybe it was something to look forward too. A way to escape from real life. But I am proud to say I broke that addiction!

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  11. Even I was addicted to farmville till a few weeks ago when FB is blocked in office. but last week had a real visit farmville…or rather can say…forestville :)I am addicted to blogspot as of now…..though from time to time addictions keep changing…..a few years back it was….online games in miniclip and so on…

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  12. i have no idea how to play farmville. i don't even know what it is, really. my online addiction is shopping. but i don't ever really buy anything, i just find stuff that i think i'd like, read all the bad reviews, and convince myself i don't need it. it takes up a lot of time and is totally useless, but whatever.

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  13. I don't understand the addiction to Farmville or any of the other Facebook games.A better (more amusing) topic would be Facebook stalking. Now THAT would be interesting to receive feedback on.

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  14. I don't know how to play Farmville either! I think I would be addicted too though, so I won't even go there. Great point, Ms.Anonymous! In a time where every click and visit to sites are not only tracked, they set marketing trends, some people seem to have patterns of obsession (or as you say 'stalking'). This gets back to my point of brain chemistry and what triggers certain things for certain people. I am getting excellent feedback, thank you!

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  15. To us it may seem like it is, but I get the unwinding aspect of it. I get the decompression that on line 'surfing' etc enables. I think just about anything in moderation is okay – even things we don't get. Lots to think about!

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  16. Followed over from f8hasit and as good as your later posting is, this one grabbed my attention.I think online addiction is an increasingly huge problem. Something as simple as cutting back on blogging is often hard enough – I'm just glad I'm not plumbed into Twitter, FB and all the associated games as well. It'd be carnage.

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