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Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 |

Is Facebook killing your creativity time?

words of wonderThis week, I reached Level 500 on the Words of Wonder game on Facebook.


Hang on a minute…

500 levels?

It takes me about two minutes to play each level. And of course, I don’t always succeed the first time – sometimes it takes me weeks of trying.

And it’s not the only Facebook game I play, of course. There’s Candy Crush Saga, Juice Jam, some Christmas thing I can never remember the name of, Pet Rescue Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Guess the 70’s… and 80’s… and 90’s… and a whole load of others I tried for a few levels and then got bored with.

I’m not an online gaming addict, but over the last couple of years I must have played about 2500 games.

And I have to wait a few minutes before I play each time for it to load the game, ask me to ‘enjoy this message from our sponsor’ and try some pathetic attempts to trick me into buying ‘gold’ so I won’t realise how much the extra boosts will cost. Not a chance! I’m no sucker – or am I?

I just worked it out on a calculator.

That’s about 170 hours!

But it’s only spare time, right? It’s not like I could have used it for anything better…

I always wanted to be a writer, but somehow I never had the time to develop my creativity. I was always too busy.

If I’d written just 100 words in each of those hours, I could have completed two novels. Or 17 ebooks.

All this time I’ve been patting myself on the back for not wasting money on ‘gold’, and I’ve never truly understood what these games have cost me.





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