I love games and have lots of friends who enjoy cards, board games, etc. It’s a fun, social way to spend time with people. And you do learn a lot. My nephew is 11 and plays Monopoly with such ferocity and underhanded sneakiness I think he’s destined to be a realtor.
We learn as kids to count, to read, to think, to strategize, to make decisions and see the consequences of them, to solve problems – it’s incredible to think about how much passive learning is going on during a game of Hearts, or while completing a puzzle.
For some reason I feel very differently toward tactile games like puzzles and dice and dominoes than I do toward online/digital games. It drives me nuts when my partner is fixated on his phone and is “unable” to talk to me for another 3 minutes until something is done in his game. It’s actually a fairly major issue in our relationship. So this completely fascinating TED talk, where the speaker advocates increasing the number of hours we spend playing games, is a little hard for me to swallow – but I get it. I just think we need to also be aware of the consequences of increased gaming on reality: