Why should you play board games? Well besides the fun that you will have, they will benefit your social life, your health, and your family life. Studies have shown that video games can improve things like hand eye coordination and quick thinking but board games help on a more basic level.
On a social level you have face-to-face time with others. You are having conversation while you play, you laugh and joke, you are getting to know each other’s personality, body language, and quirks. You form bonds through teamwork. With video games you are rewarded for individual efforts, even in team based games most people are concerned about their own performance at the end, and there is no sense of working together.
More Doctors should be recommending doses of game nights. Games are a good way to relieve stress. One side effect of board games is fun, and with this comes the release of endorphins which can lower your blood pressure, this also helps your immune system as stress and depression can reduce your ability to fight disease Playing keeps your mind engaged, giving it exercise and strengthening its connections. This can help reduce your risk of mental diseases. It will also retain and build cognitive associations as you get older. Many game require fine motor skills that take both dexterity and coordination to, for instance, move pieces. Regular play can help improve and build these skills. This is especially great for special needs, elderly, or those recovering from accidents. Maybe ‘A Game a day will keep the doctor away’ will catch on.
Regular gaming can assist in your child’s development as well. Good games can teach a number of different lessons and, like previously said, help with their motor skills and mental development. Kids will learn the importance of taking turns and being a good sport. There are a large number of cooperative games available now which will teach the importance of working together towards a common goal. Games will show the importance of thinking ahead and planning, and that actions have consequences. Many games still rely on basic mathematics as well. Think about how many people learned math by being banker in Monopoly. Many teachers now bring games into the classroom for these reasons as well as history lessons and more. Games such as Tigris and Euphrates, Axis and Allies, and Diplomacy teach kids geographical locations, wartime economy, political negotiations, and the historical aspects of each game (ie. Ancient Egypt, and the World Wars).
As Christians it is important for us to be in community with each other. When we build relationships with other believers we share ideas, learn from each other, build a support system, and strengthen one another. As we come together around a board game that which divides us disappears and we are just fellow followers of God enjoy life and fellowship together. As he intends. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:25 NLT
Show your family that they can have fun unplugged like we used to. Reconnect with family and friends. Have a game night with your church or youth group. As Wil Wheaton says in most of his shows “Play more games!” I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if we all learned to put down our devices and fellowship together over board games. Some Cardboard Koinonia.