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Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Very interesting article here about play and how it differs from work.

The author explains five defining characteristics of play. Two struck me as especially relevant to what this forum is all about:

2. Play is activity in which means are more valued than ends.
Adults can test the degree to which their work is play by asking themselves this: “If I could receive the same pay, the same prospects for future pay, the same amount of approval from other people, and the same sense of doing good for the world for not doing this job as I am receiving for doing it, would I quit?”  If the person would eagerly quit, the job is not play. To the degree that the person would quit reluctantly, or not quit, the job is play. It is something that the person enjoys independently of the extrinsic rewards received for doing it.

5. Play involves an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind.
This point about the mental state of play is very important for understanding play’s value as a mode of learning and creative production. The alert but unstressed condition of the playful mind is precisely the condition that has been shown repeatedly, in many psychological experiments, to be ideal for creativity and the learning of new skills.

As they say on the blogs, read the whole thing.
Feb 11 13 05:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Ash Photographic
Posts: 378
Cirencester, England, United Kingdom

For me, "work" is anything somebody would have to pay me to do.

Does that make everything else "play"?

Feb 11 13 05:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Krunoslav Stifter
Posts: 3,865
Santa Cruz, California, US

Thanks for posting, play is crucial for the healthy mind. smile
Feb 11 13 06:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Posts: 165
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

6. Play is what you tried to get from women in the 80s
Feb 11 13 06:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Posts: 1,314
Castle Rock, Washington, US

so while at work and being alert (gotta know where boss is)... thinking about all the mean things to do to your asshole boss is healthy play?
Feb 11 13 06:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Posts: 3,305
Fullerton, California, US

That's how I learned Photoshop.

Since there weren't any books on it, I'd just open an image, play with it for a few hours, then throw it away. It was my 'video game' for about a year.

Learned a lot that way.
Feb 11 13 07:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Smedley Whiplash
Posts: 17,326
Billings, Montana, US

I find that working jobs provide the right pressure and motivation to learn things that are practical, because they literally force you to solve problems under a time constraint.

To me, play allows you to expand the way you approach the tasks on your jobs, building on and modifying what you already do.

I would say that I rarely play just for the sake of playing... it's more a search for the next building block to be applied to work.
Feb 11 13 07:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Digital Artist
Posts: 6,688
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

when I play, I play as a sniper shooting noobs evilgrin
Feb 12 13 03:33 am  Link  Quote 
Posts: 403
Coppell, Texas, US

And I'll take this opportunity to thank all in this form, the OP in particular for helping me learn more about playing with post processing.  I would never minimize the seriousness of the work pros do, but have to say that I really enjoy this stuff and appreciate those who share their knowledge of it.

The downside is "working" in a home office with such a great plaything just sitting there on the other cpu.
Feb 12 13 09:37 am  Link  Quote 
pixel dimension ilusion
Posts: 1,303
Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

womens love players , big player member here lolzz
Feb 12 13 10:51 am  Link  Quote 
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