Day 3

I’m on my third day of a Facebook game related detox.Cultural Detox

The rules are simple. No Facebook games.

I’ve only been playing three anyway, but they are all three of the click and hope variety. They are significantly less click happy than, say, Mafia Wars, and they do involve some sorts of decision making, but really, it’s just clicking and hoping.

What kind of game play is that anyway?

I got to a point in all three where I had accomplished what I wanted. (As if it can really be called an accomplishment… It’s just an accumulation of clicks over time.) And so I felt like I could let go.

The first day was a breeze, the second a little challenging, but today is not going so great. I apparently need those little dopamine squirts that come when I click my little rat brain buttons. I’ve also never had Facebook game-related nightmares until last night (although I think that might have been significantly influenced by a pair of Doctor Who episodes that I watched earlier in the evening with a similar character.)

In other news, I found a downloadable version of Race for the Galaxy, a board game I have recently been playing in real life. I’m using it to try to improve my understanding of how the game works, and it involves very complex decision making, so that’s good, right? I don’t get as much dopamine but I am improving actual skills (for example, evaluating trade offs, developing and deploying strategy, attempting to learn what

Also, my kitchen is approaching a clean state.

Amazing what a little less MouseHunt can do for you.

Anyone else have any experience with electronic detox? Do you know how long I have until the shakes start in?

2 thoughts on “Day 3”

  1. I can totally relate to this – haha! I have one game I like to play on Facebook and if I didn’t play it I know I would go through eventual withdrawals. I don’t play it at all while I’m on vacation because I don’t need the distraction but in my every day boring life, I’m sure I would miss it. I haven’t decided to quit it yet, but I might in the future. Good luck!

  2. Good for you! I have a few games I play when I have not much else to do. I miss them when I can’t have them, but when I have other things to keep me occupied it goes ok. Just go camping. No electronics…no choice but to quit cold turkey. 🙂

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