Bejeweled Blitz is a Facebook game application, created by Pop Cap games. This game can also be accessed on Pop Cap’s website, Yahoo, or other Internet game sites. The premise of Bejeweled Blitz is to destroy a series of blocks in sets of 3’s, 4’s and 5’s, and earn as high a score as you can in 60 seconds. A player can easily become addicted to Bejeweled Blitz for a couple of reasons – on Facebook, the game is simply one minute long; it’s full of bright colors, shapes and sounds; you can get special speed bonuses and bonus gems to build up your score; Facebook also ranks your score against your friends and keeps track of your past scores. Unfortunately, some of us tend to become addicted to this game – here are 20 signs to determine if you too – sadly – are addicted to Bejeweled Blitz.
1.) You hesitate on clicking the Bejeweled Blitz game button and glance at the clock on your computer, because you know that a single one-minute game may turn into half an hour of non-stop playing.
2.) You start rationalizing to yourself and making promises while playing: “Only 5 more games, and I’ll stop playing Bejeweled.” Then, after 5 more games, you keep playing, and feel great amounts of guilt.
3.) You keep track of your previous high scores, and are determined not to create a downward slump on your progress chart.
4.) You get angry with yourself when you miss an obvious 4 or 5-block hit, or when you run out of time and don’t have the chance to use your 5-block bonus ‘clear-all’ gem.
5.) Feelings of guilt creep in when you realize you could be doing something more important than playing Bejeweled, but the temptation is still there and you keep playing.
6.) You lie to others about playing, or you minimize or hide the screen when other people are around, because you don’t want them to judge you.
7.) You do not post your scores or publish them to your Newsfeed, because you don’t want people to know you are obsessed with Bejeweled.
8.) You feel a sincere rivalry with other friends who continue to get high scores.
9.) You feel a genuine letdown if you cannot beat your high score in a single session of playing.
10.) Bejeweled Blitz actually sends you a message after a game telling you “You have now played 40 straight games of Bejeweled”, making you feel annoyed that even Bejeweled itself thinks you are addicted.
11.) You stay up much later than you planned on, or start running late to work or an appointment because you’ve played too many games of Bejeweled.
12.) You look at tile floors, and imagine how you would clear the rows of blocks.
13.) You get a real ‘high’ of satisfaction when you get a really high score – like over 300,000.
14.) You see your progress charts on certain scores, and determine that you are going to reach “level 5” on scores over 125,000 by tonight.
15.) You watch other people play Bejeweled Blitz, get annoyed and want to take over their game.
16.) You strategize how to get the best score – and know all about how to use the timer, the speed factor, the gems, etc. to their full advantage.
17.) You think you are too good to have to use “Boosts” – they’re beneath you.
18.) You get mad that a row-clearing bonus gem begins working when a row is partially empty, not giving you the full amount of points.
19.) You anticipate getting home and logging on to Facebook, in order to play Bejeweled.
20.) You have actually tried ‘giving up’ Bejeweled Blitz cold turkey when you recognized your addiction – and it maybe worked, for awhile. Then you got curious and played a few games, and your addiction came back full force.
If you can relate to any of these 20 signs – or if you even understand what some of them mean – then you are perhaps likely to be addicted to Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. The first step to addiction is just to admit that you have a problem! If you need to, un-authorize and delete the application from your Facebook account, and maybe – just maybe – you may be able to resume a normal, fulfilled Bejeweled-addiction-free life.