Did Farmville on Facebook Kill This Baby?

If you thought Farmville on Facebook was annoying when it merely dominated your news feed, wait until you hear the story of the mom who killed her 3-month-old baby over it.

Farmville, as far as I can tell, is all about  aquiring virtual chickens and planting virtual rows of corn, but the game took a turn for the sinister this past year when 22-year-old Alexandra V. Tobias, a mom in Jacksonville, Florida, shook her 3-month-old son to death because he was crying and interrupting her game.

Sick, sick, sick.

And the sickest part of all? I kind of get it.


Obviously I don't get the part where she shook her baby. That is insane and inexcusable. But I do get the addiction part. I think Facebook -- and the Internet in general -- is highly addictive. But especially the games.

There have been times where my kids interrupt me on Facebook and I am momentarily actually annoyed with them, but then I never played Mafia Wars or Farmville and I am usually smart enough to not snap or otherwise act like a fool, but I can see how someone who was younger or who had less self-control or who was more addicted might snap.

Being a parent is hard and we parents are probably more susceptible to these kinds of addictions because so much of our social life is conducted online. There is no defense for a woman who would hurt her child over something as trivial as Farmville, but I do believe it is possible, when coupled with other issues as well.

Was Farmville responsible for this baby's death? Of course not. The mother was. But her addiction played a role and highlights the importance of real social interaction for moms. Go to the park. Go to a playgroup. Get out of the house. Tell people about your bad days and discuss your triumphs. This is the social interaction you need.

My thoughts are with that poor baby boy. What a heartbreaking story.

Do you think Farmville played a role in this baby's death?


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