One of the main attitudes that older generations have toward millennials is that we are obsessed with our phones and we don't know how to communicate with each other. This logic is flawed, largely because one of the main purposes of a cell phone is to communicate with others, and because I don't exclusively communicate through text messages it is safe to say I do know how to communicate face to face with others in some regard. It is true that we communicate through our phones the majority of the time, but if I wanted to prove that we can still communicate with each other in person (and that we can still analyze nonverbal communication) I would talk about card games.
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With the development of technology comes the development of games, especially gaming systems. All games, of skill or otherwise, require the player to have the ability to reflect and to be flexible. Card games especially require the ability change and to analyze the people that you are playing with. In traditional card games, like poker games, the players are required to figure out the 'tells' of their opponents, guess the likely hood of winning with their hand, and also present a stoic facade. In poker games you have to get to know people, and also get to know yourself. One card game that involves a different kind of reflection and flexibility is Cards Against Humanity. Games like Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples require the player to be extremely flexible because no hand is exactly alike and each 'judge' wants to see different things.
The analytical abilities learned in card games are extremely applicable to real world situations, for example knowing when it is appropriate to tell that funny but slightly offensive joke you've been dying to tell or being able to see when someone is uncomfortable. Poker teaches us how to spot liars and Cards Against Humanity teaches us to analyze personalities. Though most millennials communicate on their phones a great deal of the time, it untrue to say we don't know how to communicate anymore, because we communicate in with each other in so many different ways. Gaming specifically allows us to understand each other, and games in general are powerful tools for learning. Schools today are noticing the power of games, whether for studying or learning something new. Games teach us in a way that we can remember, and that challenges us.