My wife, who is awesome and knows me very well, sent me an article on the apparent social benefit of playing board games (in person) with other people. It certainly seems to make a certain amount of sense. When you play games, even silent ones, you’re interacting and communicating in often deep or interesting ways.
I love board games. Not just because they’re fun. I like the art, I like playing with people and having a good time. I really get invested in some and feel happier when done. Some, like my family’s new obsession: Skull, are simpler games where the fun is mostly in your head. Some, like Wingspan, Ticket to Ride and Gloomhaven are extremely cerebral and have lots of fiddly little tools to play with, in addition to the person-to-person game. Games make me happy.
I used to play D&D with friends back in Maine. While those times are long gone, I haven’t forgotten them and even having longstanding memories of having fun. Were it not for games, I would have had a lot less friends in that part of my life.