I live a second life in Farmville. In the evenings and on weekends I am an enthusiastic farmer with three dairy houses, a chicken coop and acres of fruits and vegetables. I’ve been reluctant to admit my addiction to virtual farming, fearing your ridicule. But recently I heard that more than 73 million people farm like me including my neighbor across H Street. She’s now my Farmville neighbor, too.
If you’re not familiar with Farmville (FV), it’s a Facebook application that allows you to cultivate a plot of ground into a farm that blossoms on your computer screen. You can plant crops, acquire farm animals, collect trees, barns, tractors, yard art, etc. Seeds purchased with virtual gold coins are harvested for more coins. Coins give you buying power for more stuff, like in real life. And you can even earn ribbons (like at the fair) for achievements (harvest 25,000 crops and earn a blue ribbon for “Cream of the Crop”; harvest 5,000 trees and the “Knock on Wood” ribbon is yours).