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Boardgaming Thought for Friday - Episode 3: Downtime

Stuart Burnham
United Kingdom
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Everything is on, all the time, in 2017. Data and distractions are but a tap away. If you were to be a fly on the wall in the living room of my house on any given evening you'd see what is a pretty typical family - 2 parents and their (almost) grown up sons are sat on the sofas, half an eye on the the television and half an eye on the phone / tablet that is in their hands. On those digital devices they are flicking between all manner of social media, websites, games and email amongst many other things.
Even when we're supposed to be unwinding we're "on".

This is where boardgames are a fantastic help for me, as someone who is one of the worst proponents of distracted and divided attention. A boardgame demands that you sit and concentrate, maybe a little, maybe a lot, and engage with it and, to varying degrees, with those you are playing with.
It helps you to slow down and spend time in the world at a more relaxed and agreeable pace. Much like taking a walk instead of dashing in the car, or leisurely baking a cake instead of buying one from a shop, it is good for your soul. Slow down, relax, luxuriate in the modern world extravagance of taking your time over one single thing.
This is the downtime that boardgames bring to us, it's important and good for your well being.

"An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise"; well, so is one spent playing boardgames in my opinion.

I don't know what Easter entails in other parts of the world but for many in the UK it means (at least) four days off work and ample opportunity to take your time over something you enjoy doing.
Have yourselves a very Good Friday.
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