Imagine if all the virtual gardeners on Facebook actually used their money and energy to garden for real. Wouldn't that be something? Of course, they simply haven't the time or the space to maintain a real garden. That's why they content themselves with Farmville farms, right? Wrong. Farmville enthusiasts have no excuses in my book, unless they're just waiting for gardening season to start.
Where does the time go?
If you have time for Farmville, you have time to garden. We all know how long you spend on your Farmville farm every day. What do you have to show for it? At least, with the real garden, you get actual fresh veggies out of the deal. Those virtual ones are a lot easier to grow. They're not too tasty, though, are they? They have no nutritional value. Admittedly, there is some sense of accomplishment involved, just like real gardening. Still, wouldn't the real thing be even more satisfying?
Where does the money go?
Spending money on items that don't even exist outside the virtual world is stupid. Yes, that's a bit judgmental, I admit. That is, if you'll admit you don't need to buy a mansion for your Farmville farm. What the heck are you doing? Weren't you just complaining about the fact that you can't swing the expense of starting a garden? For the price of a few decorations on Farmville, you could feed your family this summer.
Where does the energy go?
Well,you'd have a lot more energy if you got up off your tush and out in the sunshine. Exercise is exhilarating! The sun has the power to make you feel alive. You get from eating farm fresh veggies too. So, get with the program, Facebook farmers. Stop clicking and pointing. You're better than that. Plant a real garden for healthier results.
Has anyone seen my brain?
There's nothing wrong with a little mindless entertainment once in a while. Just be sure you pick up your brain when you log out. You do log out, right? I ask from experience. I used to spend hours on the first Farmville. I quit cold turkey when I started bringing it up in conversation. (It's not real, you know.) Then, when Farmville 2 came out, I went right back to it. Luckily, it didn't take me long to figure it out the second time around. Why spend your days spaced out in Farmville when you can garden for real? It just makes no sense at all.
This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.