Why Play is Vital — No Matter Your Age
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The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend — indeed, the event sells out a year in advance — and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.
One of the videos I found in their archive is one about the importance of play. It really hit home for me because a) I’m a gamer and play almost every week and b) I’m a father of a seven year old son whom is encouraged by me and his mother to use his imagination and play a lot. Dr. Stuart Brown from the National Institute of Play dicusses, in the video below, the importance of play not only in a children but in adults as well. He discusses the multitude of benefits, cognitively, socially, et cetera, of play. It’s well worth watching.