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Find fun where you least expect it

18 Oct

People who advocate “having more fun” in life are, generally speaking, the kind of people you (all right, I) want to punch. They’re the David Brent-like bosses who make everyone do excruciating icebreaker exercises on office awaydays; they’re the train guards and cabin crew who mistakenly believe all passengers love it when they do silly voices. One especially annoying technology trend, “gamification”, tries to turn mundane tasks into games with points and prizes, so that your trip to the gym becomes a “fitness quest”, or housework a matter of fighting “chore wars” with your spouse. In my experience, these efforts to add a cheesy overlay of fun always fail, not least because they’re a constant reminder that the underlying activity is so boring. If it weren’t, why would you be trying so hard to make it fun in the first place?

Source: Find fun where you least expect it | Oliver Burkeman

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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Reportages

 

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