When was the last time you played Scrabble, or any other board game for that matter?
I did last week and it was the best night in for a long time. It stimulated intellectual curiosity, great conversation and face to face communication. We used a real dictionary and there was no chance of online cheating or checking.
I’m of the generation where technology, social media and virtuality (not sure that word would pass scrabble muster) is a new thing. it’s here and we use it, but we remember what it was like “before”.
It reminded me of travelling in Australia, pretty much before everything went online, when to pass the time we played cards. It could be solitary or social and many a fine evening was spent learning new games and sharing old ones.
I don’t know what happens now. From my view there feels like there’s an unwritten rule for people to need to be hooked up to their phone (or other mobile device). I know this is how it is, but it doesn’t always sit comfortably with me, and I’d urge you to take some time and try an old fashioned experience (can we call it vintage yet?) of no screens, reliance on your own ingenuity and tactics and see how you get on.