There Is Forced Sociability Everywhere

I’m preparing to make one final effort before finishing the semester. This will require intense psychological hygiene, which is why tonight I’m playing my favorite Kindle game. Unfortunately, I have reached a point where the game is trying to force me to engage in sociability, inviting other players to be my friends, exchanging gifts and flowers with them, and getting them to send me love. Since this is obviously a game for little girls, I feel extremely embarrassed asking them to befriend me.

This is why I was inordinately happy to see some of my game “friends” leave a message on her wall saying that she will give birth in 6 weeks. At least, now I know that at least one of these players has reached puberty. That is a relief already.

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5 comments on “There Is Forced Sociability Everywhere

  1. Oh my God: I HATE when games make me invite people to keep playing. I always stop playing anything the minute they make me socialize. I play games so I DON’T have to socialize!

  2. I hate that too, it creates a dependancy on other people for the game to go well. I play games to relax an do my own thing, if I wanted to rely on other people, I’d socialize in person to play board games etc. The vast majority of people will only pay limited attention to virtual games and therefore have less meaningful interactions through it. If I interact with people through virtual games, I get less reward from it (as the other party is often paying limited attention) than I do from interactions in person, while still draining my energy to a similar amount.

  3. I have reached a point where the game is trying to force me to engage in sociability, inviting other players to be my friends, exchanging gifts and flowers with them, and getting them to send me love.

    Sounds like a pyramid scheme, or your basic cow clicker.

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