The author discusses her complicated relationship with the only smart phone app that has ever captured her imagination as well as her time.
I Used to Read. Really.
Are you a big Scrabble fan? Me,neither. Until about three weeks ago, I played roughly once per year with an SEO services professional whose brain and knowledge of arcane letter combinations is greater than most linguists. She regularly beat the pants off me, but since wine was involved I overlooked it.
Famous Last Words
On one recent occasion she suggested I try Words With Friends, the virtual Scrabble knockoff created by the enterprising folks at Zynga. I am convinced that the Zynga game creators must be aliens poised to take over the planet and steal our remaining natural resources, because how else could rational adults create games of such intense addictive traits so as to render the game-playing population helpless?
“Look for me,” she said. “I’ll play with you.”
After a week or two of not getting around to it, I found myself alone on my kitchen couch on Sunday morning at 7am with a cup of coffee, a small dog nestled in my lap and a soft rain falling outside. With little desire to move, I grabbed my phone and downloaded what must be the most insidious and habit-forming of online games. Three cups of coffee and a bagel later, I was still there. At three o’clock in the afternoon. In my pajamas.
And just like that, an addiction was born.
I’m That Nut With Her Face in Her Phone
The next time you go to the dry cleaner, the gas station or the grocery store, look for me. I’m the one with her face buried in her phone, because I Can’t. Stop. Playing. I even tried to promise myself that I would do one—just one—word per day. Well, one word per day, per game. If I weren’t playing 12 games, then I suppose that wouldn’t be a problem.