That time when I deleted Candy Crush

The other night, as I fell asleep plotting ways to finally complete level 179, I realised that something terrible had happened – Candy Crush had started to hold more interest for me than actual people. I was quite shocked upon making this discovery because I had told myself, as I’m sure many addicts do, that I had control of my addiction, that I could stop any time I wanted and that my life had not spun madly out of control.

I woke up the next morning, level 179 still on my mind, and knew that it was make or break for me. I grabbed my phone and as my finger hovered temptingly over the bright colours of the Candy Crush icon, I pressed down and dragged it to the rubbish bin that had now appeared.

The phone, incredulous at my behaviour, asked me what the f$*& was going on; “Are you sure you want to uninstall Candy Crush?” I clicked “OK.” And it vanished from my life forever.

In shock, my fingers became restless and I needed to fiddle about my phone to keep them busy. I told a friend what I’d done and she asked why and I told her, “It was taking over.” As I said it, I realised it was true.

That was two days ago. Like an alcoholic, I have withdrawal symptoms – the need to look at or touch my phone, before realising that it holds very little attraction for me now, having ten minutes spare and looking around, puzzled as to how to fill the time, going to the shops numerous times a day, to keep my mind occupied and stop me thinking about my loss.

Today was my first full day off work since Life After Crush Crush. I listened to almost the whole of Behind The Candelabra on audiobook, which is fantastic, by the way. I also went for a walk, as per New Year’s Resolution No. 1. And it was beautiful. Look.

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There is beauty in the world and there is Life After Candy Crush. It may be tough but I’ll get through it.

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Well done my girl! This is why I only play Friends with Words and don’t have a SmartPhone i know my limitations. 🙂

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    • I was led into this smartphone world naively. I didn’t realise how much my life would change. I’m picking up the peices slowly and getting back on track though. Thanks for the support.

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  2. “Candy Crush had started to hold more interest for me than actual people.” This is a worrying trend Laura, you’re not alone.

    Of course, I don’t fall into this category myself. Porn is my vice.

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    • Porn can be as time consuming, if not more so, than Candy Crush. But, unlike Candy Crush, it’s considered socially unacceptable to indulge that particular vice on the tube. Tough.

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  3. I’ve felt the same thing about blogging. I wonder if I’d go into convulsions if I deleted it all?

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  4. Congrats!!! I feel that way sometimes with the online world lol 🙂

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  5. Posted by racheve on February 5, 2014 at 11:56

    This is the sole reason I have never, even for one second played this game. I did once watch it over someones shoulder but that is it. Well done, I heard flappy bird is the current one to avoid. AT ALL COSTS

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    • I’m staying away from all of them! I do like the occasional historic quiz but I always do so terribly that I stop playing quickly so that I can resume the idea that I’m extremely clever.

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  6. I dropped my tablet on my face while playing Candy Crush in bed. It is an extreme sport!

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  7. At first I wasn’t sure what Candy Crush was but then it dawned on me it was that new game that everyone is hooked on. I used to play a lot of games but weaned myself a long time ago. Way too addicting. When you think about it when your not playing it and start dreaming of ways to beat the game or do better at it, and when you want to talk with others about how their doing, hoping your at a higher level, it’s time to walk away or run like hell, in my case. Kudos for deleting it. Nature is the best cure for anything. Keep walking, keep doing puzzles, keep going out in nature, it gets easier… eventually. You’re on the right path. 🙂

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  8. Oh, I know this feeling so very well!

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