When you hear the words, “escape room” do you think of something out of a horror movie? Does the word claustrophobic maybe come to mind? Well, the good news is, our escape rooms are not a concept out of a Stephen King movie, nor are they “nightmare fuel.” In fact, our escape rooms are actually one of the best and most fun things you and a team of people can do together––phone-free.
That’s right! Instead of spending hours pointlessly scrolling through your phone, you could instead join a group of friends or family for a fun, weekend activity.
Here are a few reasons to ditch your phone, and opt for an escape room challenge with your buds.
1. Escape Rooms Make You Think Outside of the Box
Every clue and puzzle in an escape room requires strategic out-of-the-box thinking. Participating in an escape room gives you the experience to step outside of your comfort zone and think with a creative mindset. With so many rooms to choose from, the creative possibilities are endless! Instead of staring mindlessly at a screen all day, consider grabbing a few friends and doing an escape room. Odds are, those messages and likes will be there when you get back.
2. Solving Puzzles Is Good for Your Brain
Everyone likes to win and many enjoy the feel-good sensation of solving a puzzle. In fact, scientifically speaking, puzzles are known to boost dopamine in the brain. While doing any type of puzzle, the brain releases a surge of dopamine, in a response to any size breakthrough of success. This boost leaves escapees fighting to be the ones to crack the code.
3. Escape Rooms Improve Communication Skills
You’re locked in a room with friends, family, or coworkers. Chances are, you’re going to have to speak if you want any chance of solving the puzzle and escaping.
Also, you’ll need to actively listen to other players. This back-and-forth communication can improve your daily communication skills—more than interactions through a phone screen.
4. Escape Rooms Can Get You Active
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), everyone should get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day. With the busyness of every day, achieving that activity goal can quite the feat!
In an escape room, you get double the recommended physical-activity time. Yes, you did read that right. Since escape rooms involve a minimum of one hour of puzzle-solving, you will reach the daily recommended activity as per the AHA.