FarmVille: Virtual farmers' real-life employers taking notice

The Zynga god himself, Mark Pincus: Photo Source: Robyn TwomeyFarmVille has taken over the world. Everyone, or at least 82 million people, are playing. How easy it is to forget that most of us have real jobs outside of virtual farming!

It's kind of nice to play FarmVille while you are waiting on a conference call or looking for ways to kill the clock on slow days. What's wrong with a little farming at work? Is it your addiction to FarmVille that has you crop checking at work or sheer boredom? Well, employers are starting to notice and taking heed by blocking Facebook. Although, farmers may still access their farms through :) features an article about this touchy subject. Read here for entire article: "FarmVille game infecting cubicles employees across the world, employers take notice"

Some interesting facts about FarmVille from the article:

* FarmVille has more users than Twitter (source)
* More than 1 out of every 5 of the 350+ million Facebook users plays FarmVille.
* 1% of the population of the world is an active FarmVille user.
* Only 20 million more people watched Super Bowl XLIV (100m+) than play FarmVille.
* The most TV viewers the World Series had in 2009 was Game 4 at 22.8 million. FarmVille beats the viewership of Game 4 by 60 million people.
According to the Examiner, besides playing FarmVille at work, you may be addicted to FarmVille if you have experienced any of the following:

* Having to play FarmVille immediately when they wake up, before showering, eating, etc.
* Dreaming about specific aspects of FarmVille while they sleep.
* Playing during any spare moment they have during the day, including while they're at work
* Trying to quit playing but incapable of quitting.
* Participating in My Life is FarmVille (, a spoof of the F My Life website as a method of poking fun at their addiction, yet they are still incapable of quitting.

After installing software to track employees' Internet usage, a company in Chicago, Illinois found that "8% of its workforce" were playing FarmVille. A manager of the company said,

"It's a rather sad state of affairs when you get the stats from this software. You kind of expect that a lot of employees go in to check their personal email, read the news, and maybe shop a little bit. But when you've got employees playing this ridiculous game for hours on end, a game as ridiculous as FarmVille, you have to start wondering about the idiots you've hired."

The manager certainly has some harsh words regarding FarmVille, but it makes me wonder if he has actually ever tried playing the game himself?

Even though does not appear to be a fan of FarmVille in general, they managed to give some love and a shout-out (towards the bottom of article):

"A website for FarmVille "freaks" that shows just how much time people waste on FarmVille –"

FarmVille Freak is a place for FarmVille Freaks, instead of judging or chastising you, we embrace and welcome you FarmVille at-work farmers!

Source:, Dudley B. Dawson

This article originally appeared on FarmVille Freak.
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