Escape rooms have been a growing part of pop culture for the past several years, and with good reason. The thrill of being locked in a room and needing to solve mind-blowing puzzles with friends, family, and co-workers gives it an automatic spot on many people’s to-do list. “It’s like a treasure hunt movie, only this time you are one of the stars”. People participate in escape rooms because of the huge entertainment value, not only is it fun, exciting, thrilling it can be scary and even worrisome at times, they also force you to think outside the box and use your problem-solving skills. Escape rooms require teamwork, and each member of the team is vital to solving the puzzle. This reliance on everyone helps to boost the self-confidence of the members. But, that’s not all, escape rooms also improve our cognitive abilities.

An Escape room sharpens our senses and improves brain functionality, which many would say is making you smarter.

The following are specific ways escape rooms help make you smarter.

5 ways escape rooms make you smarterEscape Rooms Develop Your Eye for Details

Escape rooms are packed with tiny clues to help people solve their puzzles. Without finding those clues, teams can remain in an escape until the time expires without much progression. With that in mind, over time team members will begin to pick up on even the smallest details in a room. You can never assume anything in an escape room is there by chance or mistake. The creators of the game intentionally place things in the room that will assist you in advancing your quest. Being able to look at the smallest details in an escape room and linking them with the bigger picture is a skill that you will develop over time and that will transfer into your day-to-day life. You will find yourself catching small details at work and home.

Escape Rooms Develop Your Problem-solving Skills

An Escape room will be filled with multiple different puzzles, problems, and riddles that take different approaches, skills, and teamwork to solve. Thinking out of the box to solve these in-game problems is a skill that can be transferred into your everyday life. Taking different approaches to issues and tasks at home, school and work will help you overcome problems you were once unable to figure out.   

Escape Rooms Improve Your Time Management Skills

Every problem in an escape room must be solved as quickly as possible as there is a limited time to crack all the clues and escape the room. The concept and consequence of time may elude us in the real world but stares at us inside an escape room. The ticking of the time keeps us on our feet, propelling us to find solutions as fast as possible. This is a skill that can help anyone work more efficiently on any task they take on.

Escape Rooms Keep Us Open to Learning New Things

In order to mentally prepare for an escape room, you need to expect the unexpected. No two rooms are set up in the same fashion, so the same approach will not always lead to success. Working with our team members and watching them solve clues we may have missed or skipped by, helps you learn what to look for in future challenges and the same can be said for any real-life scenarios.

Escape Rooms Enhance Your Communication Skills

Communication is a vital skill in pretty much any environment, be it at home, work, or school. In an escape room, communication and team work is vital to your success. By building up your communication skills, you are able to communicate more effectively and timely with our teammates, classmates, co-workers, and family members.

So, there you have it. The above are 5 skills you can learn and develop from escape rooms, that will help you become a smarter you!