Online games not so sweet and innocent

Playing Candy Crush on a mobile phone.
Playing Candy Crush on a mobile phone.

Social media is the way forward. We live in a digital age and must embrace it - but it isn’t half annoying at times.

If people aren’t telling you what they’re having for their tea they’re taking pouting selfie pictures.

But the ultimate Facebook sin as far as I’m concerned is harassing people to play god awful games online.

I’m not one for turning away sweets but if I get one more request for Candy Crush Saga I’m going to scream.

If I haven’t spoken to you since we were at nursery school together why would I want to join you in a game that centres around fictional confectionary?

This childish game has somehow captured the imagination of the online crowd so much so that it has been played 151 billion times since it was launched as an app a year ago.

I find this staggering that so many people would waste their time on such a pointless pastime.

And it’s not just the children and teens that are to blame, it’s adults that seem to be the worst culprits resulting in £400,000 a day being spent on it.

I must admit I haven’t played the game myself but after witnessing seemingly sane people fall under the Candy Crush spell I daren’t - it seems more addictive than crack cocaine.

Not wanting to get hooked I instead did some tentative research into the game - surely to attract such a following it must feature state of the art graphics a killer sound track and movie star like characters.

Turns out the aim of the game is simply to move a variety of brightly coloured sweets around a grid and line up at least three of the same sweet in a row - I’m familiar with the phrase simple yet effective but seriously.

People are becoming so obsessed with the game that it’s starting to affect their personal lives.

A survey by Ask Your Target Market polled 1,000 players and found that 10 per cent got into arguments with significant others over how long they played, 32 per cent of them ignored friends or family to play the game and 30 per cent said they were “addicted.”

Although I don’t understand this phenomenon I am willing to accept that it’s each to there own - it’s when these sugar high candy munching maniacs start trying to get others hooked on it.

You have been invited to play Candy Crush - it’s like drug dealers trying to get target their next victim.

The fastest way to get me to unfriend you on Facebook is to invite me to play such games, you may continue to shuffle your sweets around until you’re as high as a kite but leave me out of it.