National Solitaire Day is May 22 — we asked experts why the computer game is so addictive
National Solitaire Day is May 22.
Solitaire has been a staple of digital gaming since 1990, when Microsoft introduced it to personal computers as a way to teach people how to use a mouse.
We asked psychologists and researchers to explain why solitaire is addictive to so many people.
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From desktop computers to phones and tablets, solitaire has been has been a mainstay of digital gaming since Microsoft introduced it to personal computers in 1990.
Originally integrated into Microsoft’s operating system as a fun, easy way to teach users how to maneuver a computer mouse — a skill that was only just replacing keyboard commands at the time — the game has maintained its appeal for the past 29 years. It was even inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame earlier this month.
And the honor comes just in time for the second annual celebration of National Solitaire Day on May 22.
All these years later, the familiar card game has become much more than just a tool for learning computer skills. For many people, it’s an obsession.
In a 2006 Washington Post chat, computer addiction researcher Maressa Hecht Orzack said her growing obsession with the game had led her to lose sleep and neglect her work.
“I kept playing solitaire more and more — my late husband would find me asleep at the computer,” Orzack wrote in the chat. “I was missing deadlines. I knew something had to be done.”
And Orzack is not the only one. Author Francine Prose explained her love for the game in a 2013 New York Times column, writing that “you’re playing against yourself, against your previous best, against the law of averages and the forces of chance. You’re taking random …read more
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