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#7592327 Mar 28, 2013 at 08:26 AM
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I thought this chart about how people (18-44) use Facebook on their smartphones might be interesting to consider:

You can see that 52% use Facebook on their smartphones to play games "several times a day/constantly". That's a lot of people-hours playing games! Maybe we will reach Jane McGonigal's target after all...
#7593958 Mar 28, 2013 at 02:43 PM · Edited 6 years ago
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It's interesting to note that the population most likely to play games on their phone through facebook was the 30-34 and 40-44 age groups.

Facebook games are great for spurts of playing (update your farm, upgrade your guy) and then get back to work. It is the solitaire of the workforce, the smoke break of the 70s, or quick release of high intensity work to allow your mind to refocus before heading back to work.

Which brings up an interesting topic with education. I know my last principal I worked for was huge into direct instruction and had a saying that they wanted "undivided attention" for the 50 minutes of class. Yeah Right! Students are going to be motivated through lecture for 6 periods 50 minutes at a time and "love" it enough to be "engaged". There might be one student who loved school so much that she is now the principal of the high school. :)

Reality is that our minds need breaks to remain focused, and I'm sorry, running from one class to grab stuff from your locker, use the restroom, and talk to Jill about the fact that Mr. D has something between his teeth is not the only releases that allow your minds to focus. I guess it goes back to the argument of what type of jobs are we developing our students to work in.

"A game is a problem-solving activity, approached with a playful attitude."
~ Jesse Schell ~
#7594433 Mar 28, 2013 at 04:40 PM
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@Sam Quick response, I used to mutter that the only thing that high school taught you was to hold your own amongst some very weird people, to sit still for 40-50 minutes at a time and look attentive, and to move you pencil enough that the instructor though you were taking notes. That could account for that C- GPA from those formative years, but here I am, a Ph.D. who knew? If it wasn't for speech and drama I wouldn't have survived, but in a way isn't that playing a game, an augmented reality, an illusionary world?

However, the other part of high school taught me how to play the game of actually working at a job and doing nothing till it was time to go home. I have to admit that I did play Hitchhikker's Guide to the Galaxy TEXT version of a game back in the late 1980s more than I should when I was being paid good money but had all my work done and had to look busy for an hours.

I have managed to avoid Facebook games simply for the fact I have to spend so much time at a computer and again it is that #7 from your other post, don't need the interaction. I have enjoyed some android games but stand alone, don't like the online play with others on them, so no "words with friends" for me besides dyslexics are notoriously bad at scrabble.
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