I used to look down on those that played Candy Crush. I didn’t get it–what was so compelling about a game that was essentially Bejeweled but looked as if it were made for 4-year-olds? Granted, I loved Bejeweled–because I was an adult–I wasn’t going to settle for Candy Land’s version of it. But then one day came when I was fed up with Song Pop and had no desire to play Draw Something; I needed a change. So I downloaded Candy Crush.
The first few levels only reaffirmed my belief that it was a dumb game since it was extremely easy and not overly compelling. But then the levels added new tricks and spins that Bejeweled never did–I have to clear the jelly? I have to bring the acorns and cherries to the bottom? YOU MEAN I HAVE TO NOT ONLY CLEAR ALL THE JELLY BUT ALSO FACE A POINT MINIMUM AS WELL?? And then there was no turning back: I was hooked.
Candy Crush addiction is not an uncommon thing, though granted it’s one that not many people are proud of. I’ve always been fairly good about owning my traits that others look down upon (liking Nickelback, watching Devious Maids, licking the plate at restaurants, etc.), and with Candy Crush it is no different. This might be due to the fact that there are literally millions of people who are in the same boat as myself. But if something is addictive, isn’t it usually bad? That’s why I decided to take a closer look at Candy Crush and explain how being addicted to it is actually a good thing.
Candy Crush teaches you to never give up
It’s all about persistence: a trait smiled upon in today’s society. Do companies hire the person who merely submits a resume on LinkedIn? Hell no! They hire the person who follows up and calls and keeps in touch. When times get tough, you can’t just give up and walk away. I played one level for 3 weeks straight. I thought I would never beat it, and oh the joy I had when I finally was able to go to the next level!
Candy Crush teaches you that hard work pays off
Just when you think there’s no way you’re going to be able to tackle all those pesky chocolates, you do, and Lemonade Lake is filled again! See, with Candy Crush, goal setting is highlighted and emphasized–by setting the goal to beat the level, you make so many bizarre creatures happy, and how rewarding is that? You accomplished what you set out to do, and everybody wins (except for maybe your phone battery).
Candy Crush teaches you that it’s okay to ask for help
Humility is also a trait that people should have. Some people will never advance in this world because they are too proud to ask for help. By linking to Facebook, the only way you can get to another level is to ask a friend. I guess I myself have not matured that much and am still too stubborn as I have yet to link to Facebook.
Candy Crush teaches you to be innovative
Did you know if you run out of lives, you don’t merely have to sit on your ass and wait for new lives? YOU CAN CHANGE THE DATE IN YOUR PHONE AND GET 5 NEW LIVES!!! Imagine if we were all that innovative in our daily lives–we would get so much more done.
Candy Crush teaches you that when you find that special someone, it’s magic
You know the feeling: when you’ve found “your person” and everything feels right? That you can take on the world together and nothing can tear you apart? That’s how I felt when I, for the first time, was able to combine two chocolate sprinkled cake balls together, and was in awe of what happened next: beautiful lasers shot out and destroyed everything in their path–red crescent candies, orange ovals, purple flowers–everything. That’s what true love is: knowing you can accomplish anything once you’ve found that special person.
So next time you make fun of someone crushing away, just remember: they’re bettering themselves as a person, and learning valuable lessons in the process.