Why is this game so addicting? (a light-hearted answer)
Ever hear of obsessive compulsive disorder? OCD is a mental disorder that sometimes includes feeling compelled to do the same thing over and over and over. So, it might not be that the game is so addictive, it may just be
... but don't get concerned... there's a little OCD in all of us, I think. (Some more than others!) Ask yourself if you're addicted to anything else... cigarettes, food, M&Ms, washing your hands repeatedly until you're sure all the germs are gone.... checking to see if the doors are locked 22 times each evening before going to bed.... clicking a mouse over and over to complete the same task... well, if you've got an addictive personality at all, you know what I mean. ;)
As long as the game doesn't stop us from getting up from the computer and going to work regularly enough to keep our jobs or from saying hello to our spouses on a fairly regular basis, it probably isn't a real problem. It my even help us cope with the daily anxiety we encounter. Familiar, repetitive tasks are soothing to a lot of people. And besides, if the clicking has proven to produce the same results time after time, well... it stops us from making any new mistakes, doesn't it?. :)
Ways to know that playing the game has become something to be concerned about:
You look up from your keyboard and find....
....that the year is 2008 when you thought it was 2006.
....The pile of newspapers on the front step is so high that you can't get the front door open.
....Your salt and pepper shaker collection has mushroomed in size and taken over the kitchen so completely that you can no longer use the appliances. Starving or ordering out are your only options.
....the baby crying in the background is not on TV as you had originally thought but an actual infant that belongs to your 15 year old daughter.
....The cat and dog have packed up and moved to the neighbor's house because that's who feeds them regularly.
....Your spouse has moved with them.
Oh... and about those M&Ms... after you’ve them lined them up and arranged them by color, do you eat the odd ones left over so that each color contains the same number of M&Ms? Just Wondering. :D
So if you've decided by now that you just may be an OCDer, don't feel alone. There are lots of us out here:
• Donny Osmond
• Howard Hughes
• Howie Mandel
• Roseanne Barr
• Marc Summers
• Howard Stern
• Billy Bob Thornton
• Hans Christian Andersen
• Florence Nightingale
• Woody Allen
• Charles Darwin
And more Mensans than I can count.
(Disclaimer: A serious word: Though this was a light hearted look at being "sort of" obsessive compulsive in a world that sometimes rewards and sometimes punishes the behavior, please know that it can be a serious disorder. I certainly didn't write this to offend anyone with the disorder or who has friends, family, loved ones or acquaintances with it. So don't write me back and cuss me out. Please. I have all the compassion in the world for anyone who is afflicted.... with anything...ever. Having a sense of humor is ultimately what saves us.)
And...yes, it is treatable with medication or therapy.
But then, who would be responsible for sorting and color categorizing those M&Ms?
Smiles, :) :D ;)