When it comes to huge sports events such as the Football World Championship or the Olympic Games, a lot of people react critically. There were a lot of protests when the decision was made that the Football World Championships were to be held in Brazil in 2014. But what are the reasons behind that?
People mainly oppose big sports events because of the tremendous costs that come with such an event since the host country's citizens have to pay for them in the end as they are taxpayers. Brazil for instance was barely able to build adequate arenas and provide the football players with housing. Many Brazilians protested against being the host country since they thought it more appropriate to spend the money on much more important topics such as education, infrastructure and social welfare.
In addition, those big sports events are just not about sports anymore. Most of the time, they are big shows with lots of entertaining and advertising. The most important act during the superbowl is which musician performs during the break and not the game itself. Also, the advertising is really strong during those events - big companies use them in order to broadcast their marketing and to attract even more customers.
To sum up, people demand that sports should be more about entertaining and not abused by large companies in order to market their products.
Playing games is more popular than ever. There are a lot of games conventions and also, tons of different game types such as video games, board games or sports games exist. The question arises whether playing games is just as important for adults as it is for children.
I think that playing games does indeed benefits adults as well as children. It relieves stress and can trigger the release of endorphins which makes one feel good - an overall sense of wellbeing will be achieved. Also it improves the brain function - playing chess, doing puzzles or finding the way out of a maze labyrinth challenges the brain which helps building and maintaining the memory as well as it improves overall brain function.
In addition, games are a way to improve relationships and to connect with others in a social manner. Board games can be a lot of fun and laughing boosts compassion, empathy and trust with others. It can also help with dealing with stressful situations, making new friends or breaking the ice with strangers.
It is even more important for children to explore the world in a playful way. They experience the feeling of winning or losing a game and thus, they learn how to deal with this experience.
To conclude, playing games is something that people of every age should work into their leisure time since it has some clear benefits.