To me, play is an important aspect to living a healthy life. It means to be completely immersed in something that I find enjoyable. People play all the time and play is different for people of different ages. For younger children, play is important for the development of the child through social interaction, interaction with the world around them, and creative use of their imagination. Play encourages the development of skills that will follow children through life. For adults, play can be something that is used to relieve stress, to escape from the real world, or to just have fun. I play by distracting myself on the computer. I also play by throwing a frisbee around with friends. Play can mean a lot of things including to act out, to make music, basically anything that the play-er wants it to be. Play is freely chosen, self-motivated, self directed, and always enjoyable.
To an experience designer, play can be incorporated into design as an ecological way of thinking about how the intended audience will interact with the design. Designs can be made more effective if imagination is triggered by play, therefore making the design pleasurable, which often means more popular.
An example of me playing: something that isn’t necessary to survive, but we enjoy.
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