Day 02 — Not including food, blogging, or television, my most guilty pleasure (this includes chocolate) is…
Were you hoping I would admit to porn? Never! My porn stash is hidden so deep I can’t even remember where I put it (JK I don’t have one). Initially, I wanted to respond to this with a resounding NAIL ART but then I realized that…I feel no guilt towards my love of nail art. This meant some further contemplation. After much pondering, here is my revised conclusion:
My most guilty pleasure is Neopets. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I still frequent the website www.neopets.com
Am I proud of it? Not quite. Not anymore, anyway. Neopets has been a wonderful lifelong journey for me. The site itself wasn’t the source, but it sparked a series of decisions that introduced me to my love of graphic design. I met my first boyfriend (An online thing that lasted for about three months when I was 16, though we still talk on and off to this day) because he was the administrator of a graphic design forum. I joined forums that taught me how to *ahem* excel at the art of Neopets, helping me earn money by means I hadn’t known existed. Along my forum journey (blogged about various times – see here, here, here, and here), I met the man who I lost my virginity to. Unfortunately, he goes to college at UPenn and I’m at NYU, so a relationship ended up not being feasible for both of us.
The point is, I don’t regret these things at all. They’ve shaped me and made me who I am, and I’m at a happy place.
But the fact that I still play Neopets, a site I discovered in 4th grade, OVER TWELVE YEARS AGO, is astounding and extremely scary to me when I sit down and think about it. I have been a member of this site for 12 out of my 20 years.
Holy shit, that is like 3/5ths of my entire lifespan to date.
The site, however, is on a decidedly downhill slope as the original creators, the master genius(es?) Adam and Donna sold off the site to Nickelodean several years ago. Now, you would not recognize the site for what it used to be, and the target population has quickly descended from the bored college population it was intended for to little10-15 year old children who still believe in Web 2.0 icons and the Tooth Faerie.
And changing the website’s target population would be fine, but Nick Jr. had the splendid idea of charging for all sorts of extra goodies. You can buy Neocash and show off how rich you are “IRL” by spending hundreds of real, US Dollars on pixels with which to decorate your pet, neohome, or even habitarium.Isn’t that lovely, let’s target spoiled little kids who can get their parents to buy them Neocash (and Pryanka) into spending all of their pocket money on an online website.
The capitalization/commercialization of Neopets has turned this website from a source of fun into a money-hungry slut that will let you do whatever you want with her, as long as you pay her enough.
SMH. I feel so guilty I still go on this website.
In my defense, I only participate in plot events now in so my account will look nice and have limited edition event trophies and avatars everybody else can be jealous of. Also, I am worth too much on that website in Draiks and Krawks to ever quit for real. I just can’t bring myself to flush 3/5ths of my life down the drain.
Yeah. SMH. Total guilty pleasure.
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