Blaying is when one continues to play a level of a game despite being bored and disliking it.
Researchers estimate over 420 million people are addicted to the internet. Smartphone addiction is rising exponentially as well. These addictions many times involve gaming. Hours are spent playing online games and levels within these games many times require multiple attempts. If the level is not mastered, one is “stuck” on the level, but continues to play it in hopes the next level will be “better”. This is all too time consuming.
Those of you who play Candy Crush know exactly what “blaying is”. For example, you get stuck on level 2124 and can’t advance until you master that level. But you hate it. You keep losing and are really bored with the level. But everyday you return to blay in the hopes that your luck will change and you can advance to a new level. Eventually that level gets tiresome and you must blay your way through that one.
Another example: Advancing to a new World of Warcraft level can be so tempting that one blays for weeks until they finally complete all the quests necessary to advance.
Remember “Around the World” in basketball. One shoots from different markers on the court and can’t advance until they make a basket. But some of us get stuck forever on level 3, and cringe everytime we miss. But we continue to blay until someone wins or has the chutzpah to say “This is boring!”.
But the psychology behind it is fascinating in that rather than having a quitting mentality, the gamer drudges on. But why go through such boredom and anguish? If we can get to the psychological root of blaying, maybe we could be a step closer to fighting internet addiction.
So what about you? Do you blay??
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