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Word of caution. Lumosity can be addicting

Word of caution. Lumosity can be addicting

Posted on July 11, 2014

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!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Ephie October 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

    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?

    • Reply Shakeel Akhtar October 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Yes, I have overcome the addiction to these two games. I have not played both these from maybe a month or so.

  • Reply Bob Yavits February 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    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.

    • Reply M. P. September 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Bob,

      I know it’s been a long while since you posted, but I am recently addicted to Lumosity and can’t stop Trouble Brewing-the coffee making game. I went from Train of Thought to this one.

      • Reply Shakeel Akhtar September 4, 2015 at 11:36 am

        I have never tried the coffee game.

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