Hi my name is Hal and I’ve actually played Farmville before. It took me many therapy sessions to finally come to terms with this but for some people playing Facebook apps are an everyday part of their routine like brushing their teeth or skipping a workout. While my online farm didn’t necessarily inspire a Paul Harvey monologue, some people are enjoying hundred head virtual cattle herds, an oat crop that is overflowing, and multiple pigs, chickens, goats to roam cyberspace. Before you decide that on the 8th day, 8th week, or 8th month these brilliant farms were created, instead look at possibly the 8th hundred dollar of real money that some people have actually spent on these addicting Facebook apps.
“While some locales reported crop prices were down, Farmer Chong and his assistant Cheech had a record year.” image credit
Spending money on Facebook apps isn’t always a bad thing. If you are a stay at home mom and the kids are sleeping, an escape to your virtual farm can be a great way to relieve stress in the afternoon. Also, some people look at their Facebook games as their form of entertainment, and it is akin (actually probably cheaper) as spending money going to the movies or to an amusement park.
But before you decide to drop some real coin to actually buy magical coins, here are some addiction dangers of Facebook that you should be aware of.
It’s A Non-Refundable Purchase for Facebook Apps
If your kid steals your credit card and racks upwards of $900 in Facebook purchases (it has happened) the only likely response from the app maker you’ll get is to password protect your account next time. You won’t be dealing with Facebook directly, but rather the application developer itself but they still don’t offer a lot of leeway. By in large the only way you could get even some of your money back would be to report your child for stealing your credit card…in which you’d probably ended up paying his or her fine anyway.
Another thing to remember about the Facebook apps being non-refundable is that there’s no way to cash-out presently. You might’ve used real money to buy a few extra cattle in Farmville but there’s no livestock sale where you can sell them back and get credit back on your card….those cows are yours until you turn them into virtual steak. Also, if you get banned from the game for violating it’s terms, you have hardly any recourse to get the money you deposited back.
It Can Lead To Facebook Addiction
Many of the Facebook apps have daily limits on them as a way to keep you coming back for more. That being said, when you actually purchase in-game extra levels or features you might find yourself playing the game for hours upon end. Some users have reported playing Farmville daily from 10 in the morning all the way until midnight…enough time to probably cultivate a real life farm. When you look at the big picture, entire days spent playing online games are a huge waste of time and hard on your body. It’s alright if the weather is inclement or if you’re fighting a cold but the Facebook addiction leads to a very unhealthy lifestyle.
There is no such thing as a Facebook Addiction Treatment Centre as far as I know, but some would say that we might need one in the future. Here are some cool tips on how to defeat a Facebook addiction.
It Will Annoy Your Friends
If you do plan on playing Farmville or other game applications all day, remember to turn the notifications off. Facebook users to a T have all reported disgust in unrelenting game requests, many time with the sender unaware that the app is delivering them. If you’re going to be playing a game for a long period of time, it’ll probably send out multiple requests and you might soon find your virtual animals are the only people you have left to talk to. Get your Facebook Friends to block all app notifications so they they don’t get bothered.
As with anything, make sure your online life and Facebook addiction doesn’t take precedent over your ‘real’ one. Farmville is a great way to spend some Internet time but remember to feed your real children before you feed your fake chickens.