Ask any farmer about how physically hard they work in order to maintain their land and they will probably tell you, it’s damn hard work. There is lifting, pushing, pulling and much more when it comes to the life of a cultivator. However Dimitar Kerin would have to disagree, because he has been virtually farming and used very little or no muscle while doing so. Mr. Kerin, is a politician in Bulgaria who regularly tends his land using a popular application software found on Facebook, which is a social network.
Farmville is a game developed through Zynga. The object of the game is to grow a crop and maintain it all the while gaining coins to enhance your farm and connect with others on your social network while expanding the size and growth potential of your land. You can reach higher levels and you can watch your not-so-hard-work flourish. If only real life was like this. However one man found that life on the farm can collide with life in the real world.
It was reported on weeklyworldnews.com, that Mr. Kerin had been warned many times about not using company time to play this game. In order to reinforce what they had been telling him, he was terminated from work. In his defense, Mr. Kerin explained that that he was not the only one who should be fired and he said there were many people who are participating in this game in the office daily; one such person he pointed out was on a higher level of points. Mr. Kerin at the time was at level 40 and stated another person at work has reached level 46.
Though these are compelling facts, to date he is the only employee that has been reprimanded through termination. Mr. Kerin was fired over an addicting game. I too have played this game and it is awesome, however I hope I never lose my job over it!
Since a lot of jobs don’t ban social network sites like Facebook, users can access this game from work or over their apps on their phone. Currently you can find most employees who are at work are also on a social gaming site. However, if employers are constantly annoyed by Mafia Wars (another game by Zynga) or Treasure Island, then Facebook users may only be able to access them over their phones or from home.
If you should find yourself in this dilemma perhaps you can find a support group for those affected and in the meanwhile remember that a game can be used to escape for a little while, but Farmville doesn’t have real food so when you get fired you cannot eat the food you’ve worked so hard to collect. Nope, instead you’ll just be a starving virtual farmer and they don’t give unemployment benefits. So think wisely, fired over Facebook…..be for real.