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Everyone's obsession with Wordle shows how the pandemic changed status symbols

Added 01-19-22 10:14:02am EST - “Sharing your Wordle grid on Twitter signifies your cultural capital and knowledge to others, but only fellow in-the-know Wordle players will get it.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Everyone's obsession with Wordle shows how the pandemic changed status symbols”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

That was last Friday's Wordle, the first time I successfully solved the word (in three tries, no less!). I was playing under the belief that the game was overrated, likely because I was pretty bad at it until then.

Or maybe it's more like I was an outsider who couldn't join the crowd of people on my Twitter feed who seemed smart enough to succeed. 

If you don't know by now, Wordle, in its branding, is "a daily word game." You have six tries to guess that day's five-letter word, or "Wordle."  If you guess a correct letter in the word, but in the wrong position, it's highlighted in yellow. If you guess the correct letter in the right position, it's highlighted in green. Wrong letters are cast in gray. It's twee appeal for some is that you can only play once a day.

The puzzle is simple yet complex, a combination that captured the Internet last week. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Verge, and Insider are just a few of the outlets that reported on the sensation. As journalist John Brandon described the game for Forbes, "It's like Wheel of Fortune had a baby with Scrabble."

While other digital games have struck a similar frenzy, such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush, Wordle has achieved symbolic status because it's a brain game with a built-in way to show off your skills. It's the latest in the evolution of what are known as "discreet" status symbols, which have shifted even further from material goods to digital ones during the pandemic. 

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