Everyone is an expert on “play”; children especially, knows how to “play” and it is also a necessity in life no matter the age.
To ask me to say when I’m playing – that is a rather hard thing to describe. The action of playing comes and goes in the brink of an eye. It is so slight a movement that many does not realize they’re playing whenever they are having fun. It seems that the indications of the fact that people are playing grows dimmer with age. Although “they are having fun”, the brain does not process that as “playing”.
As teenagers, they “play” and replaces this term with “hanging out”. As adults, people call each other out for tea, or a meal, but they would never refer this activity as play. It is almost as if the word is restricted to children only. There are stereotypes whenever two children literally sit together and chat and adults would assume that as “playing”. Wouldn’t that be “hanging out” which both teenagers and adults use whenever they “sit together and chat”?
In conclusion, the action of playing is very subtle and it takes great effort for those older to realize it. But whenever one is having fun, that is the indication that one is playing.
- “What is play?”
- Personal opinion of Fanny Qian from UofT
- Personal opinion of Jennifer Wu from UTSC
- Personal opinion of Nelson Lou
- “Play (activity)”
- “Play Definition”
- Personal opinion of Peter Wang from Ryerson