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You only plan on looking at your favorite Facebook game for just a few minutes. After all, everyone deserves a break – right? While that is true, the reality is some of the popular games on Facebook and similar systems are costing you a lot more than you think they are. Instead of going out and buying a new computer game, many of us are relying on ‘free’ games offered online. The time we spend playing these games is time that could be better spent else where.
Consider, for example, a freelance copywriter who works from home. They have the ability to control their income, perhaps more so than any other profession. Waking up in the morning to check their farm or play a level of free Zuma only takes a few minutes – except it actually takes much longer. Take a few minutes to add up just how much time you spend each day checking your game out, trying to level up, or just trying to spend a few mindless minutes. You might be surprised to find that it isn’t five or ten minutes, it is two or three hours.
That’s the point of those games, they are designed to keep you playing, keep you seeing those ads, keep you busy. They take you away from your work, from your family, from your life. There is actually a Farmville Addiction program. They take a lot of time and energy.
Sure, if you are only of those people who can control themselves very strictly and carefully monitor how much time you spend playing, go ahead. If you aren’t, you just might want to stay away.