Word of caution. Lumosity can be addicting

In my earlier post on Lumosity, One simple and easy way to improve brain power – Use lumosity, I talked about how I was planning to start using lumosity. The good news is that I started using lumosity and the bad news is that I am kinda addicted to some of the games.

brain workoutBefore I get into the details of the addiction, here are some of my stats that Lumosity has tracked.

  1. I have played at least 1 game in 23 days in the past 4 weeks.
  2. My Lumosity Performance Index (LPI) has gone up by 42%
  3. Out of the 5 areas (Speed, Attention, Flexibility, Memory and Problem Solving), the most improvement that I have shown is in Flexibility
  4. I am in 52nd overall percentile which means I am not average anymore (woo hooo) although by not much of a margin.
  5. My worst area is Speed where I am at 38.5 percentile.

All these stats are definitely helpful and kinda motivate you to keep playing Lumosity. This is how I probably got hooked. So, a word of caution to you if you were influenced by my earlier post. Any game can be addictive even if its purpose is to help you. I have learnt it the hard way now.

I have been playing Lumosity these past two weeks whenever I had free time. That is the reason why there has been a gap in my blog posts. I am still in the middle of my addiction and the two games that I have become addicted to are “Word Bubbles Rising” for verbal fluency and “Train of Thought” for divided attention.

Word Bubbles Rising is a game where you are given word stems like “ai”, “coll”, “mis” etc, and you need to complete unique words to get points. The word lengths are from 3 to 10+ and each word length group must get at least 3 to get a star. If you finish all the stars then you get bonus points for each word. This tests your verbal fluency and your memory to recall the words.

Train of Thought is a game where multiple colored trains keep coming out of the tunnel and you have to find a path for each train to get to its matching station.

I will update later when I overcome this addiction, hopefully soon. I wanted to get a quick word out about how lumosity can be addictive. I think that could be one of the reasons why Lumosity does not allow kids younger than 13 to play these games.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

About Shakeel Akhtar

I am a husband and a father striving for a balanced life. It is my belief that a balanced life could result in a life of zero regrets. With this mindset, I am blogging on 7 areas of life that I call the 7 colors of the rainbow of life. We are given 168 hours every week to paint our rainbow with these 7 colors and if we are able to do that then there is a chance that we could find our "pot of gold"
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5 Responses to Word of caution. Lumosity can be addicting

  1. Ephie says:

    Those are the exact two games I have become addicted to on Lumosity! I got over Word Bubbles somewhat but keep getting trapped by the trains! Did you overcome it?

  2. Bob Yavits says:

    I like “Train of Thought” so much I am wondering if there are any other similar games out there, perhaps more extensive in nature. Anybody know of any?

    – Bob Y.

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