Lately I’ve been addicted to this magical game played via Facebook and smartbatphone called Draw Something.
And since I am currently studying for my licensing exams like a mad fiend– did you know that addiction is not actually a proper diagnosis?
The different substance use disorders can be categorized into either abuse or dependence. To meet criteria for abuse, you gotta use a substance and have some bad shit happen in at least one of the following:
1) failure to get your ass to work, school, home and do what you’re supposed to do
2) taking dumbass risks because of the substance
3) substance-related legal problems
4) continued use despite crappy consequences with loved ones yelling at you to stop playing Draw Something because it’s now time to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom in the toilet this time, etc.
I actually loosely meet criteria for Draw Something dependence, which means I have bad shit happen in at least three of seven criteria. Let’s take a look, shall we:
1) tolerance, which means I need more and more Draw Something games in order to feel the same level of bliss I felt at being able to portray John Lennon’s essence with some digital black ink and my pointer finger on a tiny glass screen. Check.
2) withdrawal, meaning I get the shakes when I can’t check for new turns, or when none of my friends-with-actual-lives have drawn me something in the past 20 minutes. Check.
3) I sit down to play just one little turn of DS, and I look up seven turns later and realize it’s now dark out. Check.
4) I wanna cut down, I really do, but it’s just too hard. I can quit any time. Check.
5) I start researching amazing DS examples, and I look up famous photos to copy in order to create more amazing, mind-numbing finger art. Check.
6) I ignore the cat and my boyman because DS is far more important, clearly. Check.
7) I keep playing even though it’s a problem that could possibly ruin my life and give me carpel tunnel. Check.
For actual diagnostic criteria, just look in the nearest, friendly, neighborhood DSM IV. What did we learn today? All together now: that addiction is not an actual diagnosis. And that I am crazy (also not an actual diagnosis). Very good!
The following are the drawsome reasons why my social life is hanging by a thread:
As you can see, the word was TRASHCAN, but I decided to jazz it up with Oscar the Grouch. Any excuse to draw a unibrow.
Still life. I call it Ode to Coke.
I thought about drawing David Beckham’s sexy sixpack instead, but I figured my true-to-live depiction would be seizure-inducing, so to avoid a lawsuit, I went the safe route. You’re welcome, but not really, cuz you missed out on one sexy seizure.
My interpretation of The Lorax. I took some artistic liberties, mainly reversing color values and also neglecting arms and legs. Who needs em.
I am pretty proud of some of my portraits. This is GaGa stepping out in purple.
Classy. Even if it looks like her eye sockets are empty, open, and soulless with streaks of mascara running down. Probably from crying since she apparently lost her eyes in that freak gasoline fight accident. Tragic.
Done from memory, although I almost forgot she had ears. She looks soooooo stoned, you guys.
My favorite Disney character as a child. Please note that I gave her both highlights and lowlights and added more cleavage. Sorry about the lazy right eye (enlarged left eye?)
Do you get what I was going for here? It’s our favorite chubby dead dictator, Kim Jong Ill, wearing his favorite button-up straightjacket. For effect, I added the failed rocket launch that brought shame to their country. Needless to say, this drawing was not guessed correctly. :(
You try drawing this word! It’s hard. I deserve extra points for making his boxers pretty blue-and-purple plaid. Don’t overlook his tears of shame, either. The real story is in those tears.
This is my favorite drawing by far. I drew this by instinct, realizing afterwards that I was emulating John’s drawsomely famous self-portrait. Less is more, my friends.
Anyone else out there dependent on Draw Something for everything except calories?
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I love you included pics! I can’t figure out why this game is more addicting than many others but somehow it is. It used to be angry birds was the rage but not it’s this. Great post!!
They are still discussing DSM-5. It’s very controversial. They are delaying publication until they decide whether to include your pictures. The opposing camps have come to a draw. If you can submit a paper on Lyssapants Syndrome before the deadline you’ll get both fame and an automatic pass on your exams. N.B.: It’s likely that your drawings will be removed from DSM-6 but don’t fret — You’ll get a free autographed picture of Dr. Asperger, the deluxe box of crayons, and a DVD of the movie “Analyze This”. You can’t lose.
Crayons?! Where do I sign?
And by “submit a paper” I hope you mean “submit a saliva swab sample” because writing a paper would be out of the question.
OOOOh, DNA. Lady Gaga has purple and Marge Simpson has double Retro comic RNA. Homer says, “Gee, Marge, isn’t one helix enough?” No, submit a label from a mini-brew. Ooooh, beer….
Wow. This took a turn I wasn’t expecting. Please just leave the crayons on the porch. Thanks.
Ok, I don’t know that game but it sure looks like fun! I just LOVED the wedgie one! I really laughed! You’re really good!
You should play!! It’s super fun! And thanks! :)
Don’t you have to be ashamed for it to be an addiction?
Because you are quite rightly bragging about your drawing skills!
No shame needed!
You are really good at Draw Something! This is an important skill in case the psychology thing doesn’t pan out ;)
Thanks! Yeah, professional finger drawing is my Plan B.
Draw Something looks awesome. Am I an enabler?
I think so. Don’t worry, they have 12 step programs for that.
I’m an addict too ;-/ http://messenwerper.wordpress.com
Ah, but are you abusing DS or dependent on it? THAT is the question…
You took the words right out of my mouth. But what makes this game more dependence-inducing than others? Note that I did not say addictive, your blog is entertaining as WELL as educational. Edutaining. I think it has to do with the act of user input – we are rewarded for our skill and also get a chance to show off. Who doesn’t want a chance to showcase their mad finger-drawing skills?
Edutaining is the perfect word for this post! Thanks! I agree with your reward hypothesis. More specifically, for me I wanted to earn points so I could buy more colors. Shiny colors!