Fun frenzy fad: Wordle captures world, fades into obscurity

Sophia Bradley

Trends quickly come and go, whether it be clothing or hair styles, games, apps, or technology. Candy Crush was huge for about half a decade before it suddenly disappeared. Chevron clothing was popular in the 2000s-2010s, and hopefully will NOT make a comeback. Tumblr was huge in that same time period, but quickly vanished off the face of the earth (which is probably for the best.) However there are some trends that are much more short lived and enjoyable, like the recent online game Wordle.

Within the past couple of months, Wordle has taken the world by storm. If you were one of the few who didn’t hop on the game at any point during the past few months, here’s how you play: you are given six chances to guess a five letter word. With every word you guess, each letter is highlighted one of three colors. If a letter is gray, it is not in the correct word at all; if it is yellow, it is in the word but not in the correct place; if it is green, it is in the word and in the correct place.

Although, recently, it has fallen out of popularity, there are still plenty of people who wake up and the first thing they do is complete the Wordle for the day. I used to be one of those people, but I grew out of my addiction and have moved on from the game. Every once in a while, though, I do find myself bored enough to hop on the New York Times website and try to figure the daily word.

Originally made by a man for his wife, Wordle gained traction quickly but started to lose its popularity after the well known New York Times purchased, took over, and some even say ruined the game. 

 It’s crazy to think that just a couple of months ago we were all posting our Wordle scores on social media and getting angry when someone spoiled the word. Now those posts are gone as not many are playing anymore at all.

Just as Candy Crush, Flappy Bird, and Subway Surfers were loved by many before taking the leap out of popularity, Wordle has been relegated to the games of the past. It surely won’t be long before another game takes over our daily lives.