4 Ways Board Games Increase Social Connection

By Tyler Witzig, MSW, LMSW

Board games have been a popular form of entertainment for centuries, bringing people together for hours of fun, competition, and socialization. But did you know that playing board games can also increase social connection? Here are four ways board games improve our connection to others:

  1. Shared Experience. Board games provide a shared experience that allows people to bond over a common interest. This shared experience creates a sense of community and belonging as players work together or compete against each other. The excitement of the game and the thrill of victory or defeat can help people form deep and lasting connections.
  1. Communication and Collaboration. Board games require players to communicate and collaborate with each other. This communication can help break down barriers and create a safe space for people to express themselves. It also allows players to build trust and empathy with each other as they work towards a common goal. Through collaboration and communication, players can develop a deeper understanding of each other and form strong connections.
  1. Inclusivity. Board games are an inclusive activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. This inclusivity allows people to connect with others they might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet. It can also help break down stereotypes and promote acceptance and understanding.
  1. Quality Time. Playing board games provides an opportunity for people to spend quality time together without the distractions of technology and social media. This time allows players to focus on each other and the game, creating a more meaningful connection. Additionally, the leisurely pace of board games allows for natural breaks in the game, giving players time to chat and connect.

Interested in reaping these benefits? We’re starting two new groups to bring these benefits to life for teens and young adults! If you’re a fan of board games and looking to connect with others socially, you may be interested in one of our new board game groups designed for social connection. This group offers a fun and engaging way to meet new people, share a common interest, and create connections through board games. Whether you’re a seasoned board game enthusiast or new to the hobby, this group provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Click here to find out more about these groups- one for young adults & one for teens.