Denver, CO - The doors to the new facility opened yesterday. The building, a three story office complex, shines in the midday sun. The scissors cut the ribbon as photographers snapped photos eagerly. This seems like a lot of attention for a building opening.
It turns out, this building isn’t a normal building. It is the first rehab facility for a new addiction that is gripping the nation. Angry Birds, a popular game for mobile devices across the globe, has become an addiction, similar to cocaine, tobacco and heroin. Previously, reports have shown that social networking sites are also highly addictive.
Angry Birds has become an addiction, from finding all of the golden eggs to mastering all of the levels with three stars. Sequels such as Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons have increased the amount of time people have spent playing these games. Children have given up homework and sleep for a few more launches at pigs wearing helmets. Adults have skipped work, meetings and sleep to attempt to unlock everything.
The addiction reached the point that the city counsel in Denver felt motivated to act. The rehabilitation facility was funded through private donations to the city for the purpose of Angry Bird rehabilitation. Already, some are proposing adding Facebook and Twitter addiction into those ranks. Funding for expanded coverage may be tricky for the first two years of operation, as the city has not raised taxes to cover expenditures on treatment.
The site does charge a rate for members to stay there in-patient and out-patient meetings. The money is used to run the center and cover operational expenditures. People are coming from across the country to conquer their Angry Birds addiction.
One woman we spoke to said she refused to leave her house until she beat level 5-19, despite it being on fire. Firefighters had to carry the woman from her house, refusing to let go of her iPad device.
If you or someone you know is addicted to Angry Birds, and it is affecting their life, the Denver City Counsel website has all the information for the new rehabilitation center.
Annabel Lee is a freelance journalist for the Baltimore Fake Times Journal. She has taken to scheduling Angry Birds as an appointment during her day, so as to prevent overplaying the game.