The Oprah Winfrey Network have released a Facebook app allowing users to thank people they know...
“Reach everyone in the US and Canada... and another 153 million people worldwide!” the utterly inane post reads
“That's half a billion people in total.”
The aim of the game is to say thank you to someone, apparently, for doing something generous.
Can't we just skip to Author's View? No? Okay.
The math(ematics) behind the revolutionary app is that “Acts of gratitude are highly contagious” (much like syphilis) and your thank you spreads to six people you know, then spreads to six people they know, before finally spreading to another six people they know (much like syphilis).
“The new science of social networks reveals how it works!” 6 + 36 + 216 = 258 people who feel more grateful... just from YOUR one thank you!
I think Oprah may have science mixed up with mathematics.
I just died a little inside ...
In principle, getting people to say thanks more often, is a noble sentiment. In practice, this is sickeningly positive to the point of being highly counterproductive.
The people who embrace this, are the people who already say thanks and yes ma’am, so who's this marketed at? The bitter, jaded and cynical gaming journalists who speak their mind?
This makes me want to say thank you less than I did five minutes ago.
My biggest gripe is that it's not a game! A game doesn't consist of one button and a singular screen with Oprah's mug printed on it.
Here's the deal Oprah, want me to say thank you and mean it? For £100k I'll say thanks, for £500k I'll say please, and for £1 million I'll not take the piss out of of half-assed gaming ideas!