So You’re A Room Escape Addict

If you’ve read my last post, you know that I described what a room escape is and mentioned something called ‘dopamine’. Did you get confused? It’s alright, neuroscience wasn’t my major either. But dopamine is the main reason why we are all so addicted to escape rooms! Let’s learn a little bit about our brains..

The Happy Chemical

In our human brains, there are four chemicals that are constantly being created and used to keep us happy: oxytocin, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.  Without these chemicals working for us, we would have trouble getting up in the morning!

Dopamine has been called the ‘motivation molecule;’ it is that ‘I did it!’ or the ‘Eureka!’ feeling. When used, it gets your competitive juices flowing and provides the thrill of chase in all aspects of life. When produced, it boosts your focus, drive and concentration and enables you to plan ahead while resisting impulses so you can achieve your goals.

Remember in school when your professor asked a question and you eagerly raised your hand to answer in front of the whole class, and you felt like the smartest person?! Think about that day.. it was probably one out of the ten days you didn’t fall asleep in class, right? Dopamine! Answering that question gave you the motivation to pay attention in class and strive for that A.

Makes more sense now doesn’t it? More dopamine please!

The Room Escape Dopamine

When we experience a room escape, there are three main factors involved in the game that really increases our enjoyment.

  1. Puzzle Solving

    The most obvious one of this article- puzzle solving. Who doesn’t love a good puzzle, riddle or brain teaser? Not only are they a great use of your mind, but finding the answer will always make you feel like a genius (that shot of dopamine we’ve been talking about)! Finally, a place you can show off your smarts and talents that doesn’t involve sitting in front of a computer or sitting around a board game.

  2. You’re a part of the story!

    All escape room owners will use these words in their description– live, action, adventure, immersive, exciting, and so on. Why do you think that is? Besides the fact that those buzz words make us sound so interesting, they’re all true!

    We build escape rooms with more than just padlocks and props. We build them with our talents, our creative minds and our hearts. As cheesy as that sounds, we made these rooms from scratch to throw you into a captivating and mysterious story that unfolds as you physically make progress through the room. It’s so much more entertaining than just reading or watching it.

  3. Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork

    The most fulfilling part of the experience– doing it all together with your team. The sense of belonging and camaraderie is something we all search for as human beings. That’s why we are all apt to do things together– eating out, going to the movies, etc. Having experiences that is shared with others is something our brain tends to seek automatically.

    That’s not to say that we can’t enjoy doing things alone, but for most of us, doing these activities with others is what makes the experience. Reading a book is a one person activity, but people create book clubs so they can discuss it together. Watching a movie is a quiet activity, but hardly any of us would go by ourselves.When we go through something traumatic with another person, it brings us closer together. Sharing an experience with others means you have someone who can reciprocate and validate your emotions; what would make us happier?

My Conclusion

Escape room experience = using your brain, being a part of a story, bonding = production & usage of dopamine = happiness! Simple as that.

Not convinced? Ask someone what their favorite part of a room escape experience is OR go to an escape room NOW and pay attention to which part makes you smile the most!

Comment below and share with me your favorite reasons for playing an escape room. The best part of owning an escape room is the feeling I get when I watch players enjoy my creation and describe their experiences.