I have come to the newest internet word game craze late. I tried Wordle for the first time a couple days ago. It is fun! Now that the New York Times acquired this viral puzzle game, I am not certain it will still be available me in the future, BUT I plan to enjoy it daily until then.
I and many share the same words sentiments about this game “It is so fun!”. I am wondering what makes it fun from so many of us. Pehaps is it because:
- Scarcity/Rare – Only 1 chance a day; Only a limited number of tries
- Limited time commitment
- Ability to share successes with others easily
- Similar to a jigsaw puzzle, only with letters
- Helps us remember that we are smart – we know stuff
- Required focus, and in a world that demands multi-tasking all day long that can feel refreshing and good
The famous puzzle company Ravensburger sites studies about puzzles making us happy.
Ravensburger sites Dr. Stephen Lermer, a Communications Psychologist, “We humans feel stressed if we have a task that we don’t succeed at and are bored if we are competent at something but have no task,” … “By doing puzzles, we achieve the perfect balance. It is where competence meets challenge. It means we have a task that we are capable of doing, but are not sure how long we need to complete it and whether we will be successful at it, on the first try. That is the charm of doing a puzzle.”
So, I guess I need to be reminded that all types of puzzles and challenges bring us joy and Wordle won’t be the last little quick fun puzzle game that will cross my path.
Looking for ideas for my next “Wordle Type” adventure. Please share!
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