Candy Crush: Psychiatry's New Frontier? Watch Dinah on Al Jazeera America Tonight at 10:45 PM Eastern Time
Last week, I was contacted by Eliana Docterman, a reporter at Time Magazine. I know about Angry Birds, could I comment on Candy Crush, it's taking the country by storm, millions of downloads with people spending a lot of money while they abandon their lives to cuddle with their phones. Candy Crush? I'd never heard of Candy Crush. I downloaded the app and started to play, and I spoke with Eliana and gave her my "professional" opinion of why this game was appealing. I say "professional" because video games are not my area of expertise. I made it to Level 23, by the way, before I got stuck for 2 days and deleted the app from my phone (--one way of dealing with an "addiction").
Eliana's article Candy Crush: The Science Behind Our Addiction appeared online this morning, and my phone started ringing. Would I be on the radio? Would I be on TV? I called ClinkShrink -- is this too silly? We're psychiatrists, we can speculate, like everyone else, about video games, but really this isn't what people come to us for. Clink declared it "Goofy." I prefer the terms 'silly,' 'light-hearted,' or in this case 'sweet.'
So tune in to Consider This on Al Jezeera America tonight at 10:45 PM Eastern Time and I will be on with Time Magazine reporter Eliana Docterman and host, Antonio Mora. It's filming live, so let's hope I can stay awake that late -- I may be trying for a sugar high at that hour. Perhaps a little candy?