These days, it's hard to find someone who is not addicted to playing Words With Friends. This crossword-style game is similar to Scrabble and is played online via Facebook, as well as on mobile phones using their downloadable app.
According to Zynga, the maker of this game, more and more users are not only having a great time showcasing their word-building skills, but they're also using it as a tool to find love, flirt, and even cheat on their mates. According to this article, one in every ten players say WWF has lead directly to a hookup, 35% say they've let their crush win, and almost half (47%) of all players say they've got a crush on an opponent.
Matchmaking aside, Words With Friends has also been at the center of a celebrity controversy and has helped save at least one life. Read on to discover seven amazing stories brought about by a simple word game!
1They Found Love On Another Continent
This is one of the first WWF games that actually lead to marriage! Megan Lawless and Jasper Jasperse met using the "random opponent" feature of the game, and soon a few messages here and there turned into a major romance. Jasperse even moved from his home in the Netherlands to be with Lawless in the U.S.
2Alec Baldwin gets kicked off an airplane
On an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York, Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin was playing WWF on his iPad when flight attendants asked him to turn off his mobile device in preparation for takeoff. When Baldwin refused, he was asked to leave the flight.
An outraged Baldwin then tweeted about his experience: “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt,”
3Can you spell L-U-C-K-Y?
In January of 2012, Beth Legler started a game with Georgie and Simon Fletcher from Queensland, Australia. One day, Simon wasn't feeling well, so Georgie mentioned his symptoms to Beth using the game's messaging feature. Beth told her husband Larry, who happens to be a doctor, and he told her to have Simon seek urgent medical help right away.
Turns out, Simon was having a heart attack. Once he went to the hospital he found that he had a 99% blockage near his heart, and if he hadn't gone to the hospital right then, he would have died.
4Flirting For the Win!
According to The Wall Street Journal, "I was just curious to get to know the person I was playing," says Ms. Palmer, a 41-year-old nurse. Her competitor mentioned having two kids and being divorced. Ms. Palmer, too, was also going through a divorce. Both had been married 18 years, and a message relationship began to flourish inside the game. They swapped emails and phone numbers, and matters progressed.
After dating for two years, the couple got married.
5Kate Couric Challenges Fans
NBC News Anchor Katie Couric aims to use the game to raise money for cancer research. She recently Tweeted, "I will challenge the first 10 ppl who respond to me to a words with friends game! If I lose, I donate $1000 to @SU2C and if u lose u donate $25, $50 or whatever amount you can!"
@SU2C stands for "Stand Up To Cancer."
6From Random Opponent to Perfect Match
When Kyla Smith spelled S-E-X-Y against a random opponent in a WWF game, she started a conversation that eventually won her a husband! Her opponent was Charles Briggs, and despite the fact that they lived in different parts of the U.S., their online romance eventually became a real-life love affair. They're now engaged.
7He Even Proposed on WWF
Stephen Monahan and Britney Hilbun met using the "random opponent" feature. Hilbun sent Stephen a message about his funny user name ("Hotdog Phingers!"), and then they started flirting. They soon learned that they lived just three hours away from each other in Texas.
After dating for a while, Stephen proposed to Britney by creating a fake WWF board that spelled out "Britney, will you marry me?" She said yes!