Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Illusion of Facebook Games

Aside from being an application, games become Facebook's subscription-increasing variables, but these games bring illusions out of people's frustrations.

With subscribers’ tendency to perceive the hedonistic effect of computer games alone, other factors needed to be considered are easily dismissed. And like any other computer games, Facebook games are not exempted to the same strands of criticisms, especially if the users, which are usually of young-age, become well attached to them and can afford to trade these off over much important things.

Hyperreality in Facebook

Facebook applications include variety of computer games from plain household setting, animal warfare, up to gigantic assets. All of these subscribe to the idea of human vulnerabilities and thus, touching human’s frustrations in reality.

Lifted from Diwang Palaboy, Umberto Eco defines hyperreality as "the authentic fake," while Peter Sparrow refers to it as "the virtual irreality." In laymen, it can be called "illusory."Facebook games like Millionaire City, Restaurant City, Farm Ville, Pet Society and the likes have been viewed as virtual ways of promoting extravagant ownership or the 'hyper illusion of owning.' This, having vast properties, possessing unimaginable strengths and creating pseudo-society of rich friends.

Tom Stewart writes his testimony, “To say Facebook is addictive is an understatement. You'll find yourself spending hours upon hours playing games against your friends instead of doing your work or spending time with your family."

Negative Effects of Mobile Games

Serm Murmson says that distractions, vision problems, and social withdrawal are some of the noted effects of mobile games. He points out the social withdrawal part, “Withdrawing into your phone games can eventually become detrimental to your ability to interact with others. The time you spend playing is time spent in the social world but not interacting with it.”

No doubt, after realizing entailed costs (whether material or not), others are now wishing for the soonest virtual death of their Facebook profiles. Further, the fear of exposing excessive personal information has also become an issue of privacy and surveillance nowadays.

“The truth of the matter is that as soon as Facebook came into business, you deliriously engaged into a new way of communicating. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Tasting new things that evolve in the world is a sign of progress. However, with Facebook, your behavior has changed dramatically.” Christina Pomoni says.

Facebook, A Pop Culture Creation

Behavioral experts advise that with constant parental guidance, discipline, and control, all these only have a wiry possibility of corrupting the minds of the young. With sufficient awareness regarding the potential threats, subscribers can determine their limits for this pop creation.

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