Why Do People Play the Social Network Game Farmville?

Everyday more and more people are joining the Farmville craze on social networks like Facebook. It seems people are playing Farmville as a way to socialize with others they have added to their network, as a way to pass the time while possibly damaging their personal relationships, and adding to the fad and popularity of this viral game.
Is It A Way to Socialize With Others From Around the World?

This aspect of why Farmville is so addicting is debatable. Some people say playing this game has no social aspect; while others say it does. There could be some social aspect with playing this game on social network sites. However, the social aspect of this game remains to be seen since there isn’t any way to talk with people while playing this game. There isn’t a chat area for people to talk while playing the game.

The only true way to have any interactivity with the game with other people is through gifting items for the game while using it on such sites as Facebook or MySpace. Sure there are fan sites on social network sites like Facebook, but there isn’t any real socializing going on while playing the game.

Is It A Way to Kill Time and Possibly Relationships?

As with any type of game, playing Farmville can be a way to pass the time when finished with work and household chores. Sure Farmville can give those who stuck in their homes, for various medical reasons or due to not having the cash flow to have entertainment like they had in the past, something to do during the day and evening.

But, what does it do when playing this game takes over your life? Can it cause harm to relationships that aren’t related to social networking online? With any other addiction, sure, playing Farmville daily can have adverse affects on real life relationships. As within the cultivating of the crops in this game, real life relationships need cultivating in the same manner.

Is it a Fad due to Its Popularity?

Is Farmville a fad like the Pet Rock? Maybe; maybe not. With the way the world is leaning towards technology, Farmville could stay in the mainstream of online gaming for years to come. Why? It has been proven that people like interactivity while playing a game, visiting websites or just surfing. Think about this for a minute, compared to 10 years ago, the most interactive websites on the internet were MSN Groups and Yahoo Groups. Now social networking sites like Bebo, Facebook, and Myspace have become the front runners of interactivity on the internet.

Now there are companies like Zynga, the creator of Farmville, that are adding to the social networking sites. The gaming companies like Zynga are riding the wave of the popularity of social networking sites. Before everything is said and done, Farmville may be around for several more years before it becomes part of the vast fads entering the history books around the world.

Conclusion

People are flocking to Farmville by the droves due to its social networking abilities, as a way to pass the time, and due to its popularity as the latest fad to sweep the world.

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Barb Dybwad; 11 Million Facebook Users Flock to Virtual Farming Daily; Mashable.com