Dr. Phil Diagnoses ‘FarmVille’ Addiction

Dr. Phil confronted a “FarmVille“-loving mother named Teresa about her duties to her children recently, and he thinks she would be better served to go out and “start a garden for real.” I’m sure everyone reading this knows somebody who spends a just a little too much time playing Zynga’s crop-tending Facebook game, but this guest took her obsession off the deep end to the point where she was sabotaging the family computer when others tried to use it.

“She unplugged the router, so you would think the Internet had gone down, and as soon as you went away, she plugged it back in and went back to tending her crops,” Dr. Phil told Teresa’s daughter Jennifer, according to Games.com.

“Part of the reason is because of her attitude when I do ask to get on the computer,” Teresa responded. Dr. Phil fired back with one of his trademark reality checks, however.

“No, it’s not,” he said. “You unplugged it because you have a ridiculous addiction to a ridiculous computer game that’s interfering with your ability to be a mother. You needed a fix, and she wouldn’t get off, so you had to create the opportunity.”

Anyone who grew up gaming with a brother or sister knows that you should share your computer and game systems, and that rule applies to parents as well, especially when they’re neglecting their basic responsibilities. As an alternative solution, perhaps Teresa and Jennifer could find a nice multiplayer console game. Either way, your heard it from Dr. Phil first: “FarmVille” is “a ridiculous computer game.”

Do you agree with Dr. Phil about “FarmVille”? What about parenting? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.