The Problem: The Internet has become the ultimate time-suck where sites like Facebook, designed to make us more social, are actually making us more anti-social. That’s right, research studies at Stanford have shown that social networking sites like Facebook can increase loneliness, depression, and insecurity!
Our web usage is starting to affect our ability to successfully communicate in real life. Because of this, Patrick C. Klein is looking to “create an experience to persuade people to stop using the internet forever.” To attempt this not-so-simple task, Klein has cleverly taken two of the most basic needs of modern human kind and combined them into one: Facebook and Monopoly.
Facebook: The Board Game
The idea is simple. Instead of wasting away on Facebook, you can meet up with some actual friends in real life, have some fun, and play the Facebook Board Game live together. And instead of reading each other’s usually lame status updates online, when you land on “Status,” you’ll choose an inspirational instruction card that prompts you to share something interesting about yourself, such as “telling people about something exiting you have planned for the next week.” When friends share things you like during the game, you can hand them “like” cards to show your appreciation. It’s just like Facebook – but maybe even better?
Are you looking for a little more real-life engagement than what can be found online? Like actually seeing your friends again one day,in person? Then Facebook the Game just might be for you!