If you have seen your friends post some emoji squares like this…

…then you’re seeing the next viral internet phenomena, and you’ll be playing it, too (after you finish reading this).

Wordle is like Wheel of Fortune meets Minesweeper, but without any math. But why is it catching like covid?

Simple Rules

Unlike Wheel of Fortune or HQ Trivia, you don’t have to have a lot of knowledge — you just start by picking your favorite letters of the alphabet. All you need is a yellow or a green to give you that quick dopamine hit to tell you that you’re going in the right direction.

The Thrill of Scarcity

You don’t have many chances to guess, and you can only play once a day. This means you’ve only got one opportunity to show your friends how smart you are. Once you’ve solved it, you’re left only with anticipation and a count-down that tells you how long until you can do it again.

Bandwagon Boasting

When you finish a game, sharing it to your social media is the next logical step. You want people to bask in your genius of solving the puzzle in three lines. You want them to see that you found the game first. You want them to ask you what it all means. And you’ll really enjoy telling them, like I do.

That’s my guess, but what do you think? Leave me a comment 😉

Oh, and I guess you’ve waited long enough. Here’s the link so you can play, too: https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/