We know who you are. You are the red notification flag on Facebook bringing the excitement of a prospective boost of self-confidence, only to disappoint with an invitation to join you and your efforts in an online game of no interest to us. You are the repeated emails requesting for supplies for your virtual farm, the ever present electronic beckoning to join your mafia or gang. You are the considerable demographic of society that considers sharing your gaming experiences on social media of high priority.
And, frankly, you are not always aware of your involvement in such practices. More often than not, the whole thing began on one incredibly uneventful day, so uneventful that you were bored enough to scope out the prospects of online gaming. Of course, before allowing you to commence, the site asked you for access to bucket loads of your personal information, and in the throes of your insanely bored circumstances, requests for your first, second, and every name you’ve had, phone number, and credit card digits were considered a fair cost. Little did you know, though, that the game’s hosting site would immediately take all forms of social contact and notify every single person within your networks to your new online gaming endeavor, inviting them to join with you.
This predicament, depending on the disposition of your contact circle, may or may not be be a bad one. On the positive side, you have successfully proclaimed to the world that playing online games happens to be one of your preferred past times. You may also have set in motion the potential formation of a new circle of friends for yourself consisting of people who appreciate the perks of virtual game play like yourself.
However, on the downside, you may have potentially caused a mini roller coaster of emotion to take place in the recipient’s limbic system. But, once again, you probably did so unintentionally, so, assuming that you are generally a good person to begin with, your karma should be unaffected.
On a serious note, though, an individual about to participate in online gaming should really take into consideration what kind of information he or she is allowing the site access to. Such circumstances really present you with quite a heavy dilemma: is a temporary solution to one’s boredom worthy of compromising sensitive information? You must decide for yourself.